By Victor Salazar
Los Angeles - Earlier this month, Badou Jack was an interesting observer at the Staples Center in the media room.
Jack, along with countless other media members, watched the contest between Adonis Stevenson and Oleksandr Gvozdyk fight on the screens in the media room.
Stevenson fought well, but he was brutally knocked out in the eleventh round. After the bout, Stevenson was taken to a local hospital where it was revealed that he suffered a brain bleed. Stevenson was placed in a medically induced coma. Doctors will attempt to wake him up when the swelling around his brain is completely gone.
Earlier this year, Jack and Stevenson (29-2-1, 24 KO’s) fought to a twelve round draw.
Jack believes Stevenson never fully recovered from their very physical contest.
Although it is disappointing that he'll never get the rematch with Stevenson, Jack (22-1-3, 13 KO’s) is praying that his former foe recovers and looks ahead to other opportunities.
“Everything happens for a reason,” stated Jack. “I’m focused on what’s in front of me. I’m disappointed but most people thought I won anyway. Everything happens for a reason but congratulations to Gvozdyk. Maybe the reason [Stevenson] lost is because I took a lot out of him. I don’t have power like everyone else but ask James DeGale and see how he looked in his next fight."
As for a fight with Gvozdyk (16-0, 13 KO’s). Jack doesn’t rule that out.
“Anything is possible” said Jack about a fight with Gvozdyk. “I would have stopped him (Stevenson) if that was the same guy. No fight at this level is easy but I believe I can beat anyone.”
Jack did give Gvozdyk credit for his victory.
“I wasn’t impressed in the beginning but it’s how you finish,” stated the former light heavyweight champion. “He did his thing caught him and knocked him out. It’s definitely not the same Stevenson that I fought. I think my fight with him took something out of him. He fought 11 rounds. He moved well, he had good jabs. [Gvozdyk] looked amateur in the beginning but he came back and broke him down.”
At the moment, Jack is reportedly heading in the direction of a clash with Marcus Browne - as part of the Manny Pacquiao-Adrien Broner undercard at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas.