By Ryan Burton
Former WBC 168 pound champion Badou Jack "The Ripper" (21-1-2) recently told BoxingScene.com that a fight against WBA "regular" light heavyweight champion Nathan Cleverly (30-3) was nearly finalized. The title tilt is slated to take place on the Floyd Mayweather-Conor McGregor August 26th pay-per-view undercard.
Jack's preference after vacating his title is to face 175 pound WBC champion Adonis Stevenson. The light heavyweight kingpin opted to face Andrzej Fonfara in a rematch instead. The bout took place on June 3rd and Stevenson blitzed Fonfara in two rounds.
"I wanted to fight Stevenson to start with but he was busy or whatever but it looks like I will have Cleverly maybe (next)," Jack explained.
After Andre Ward stopped Sergey Kovalev in their rematch two weeks ago in Las Vegas, talk began of a potential unification bout between the WBA/WBO/IBF champion and Stevenson, which would produce an undisputed champion.
If the fight were to come to fruition, Jack believes it could be very interesting.
"That is a good fight. Stevenson got that big left hand. Ward is the better boxer and the better fighter period I think but anything can happen in boxing," Jack told BoxingScene.com.
If Jack gets his wish, he will face Stevenson before Ward potentially enters the ring with the Haitian.
"I am taking it one fight at a time. Hopefully I can get Stevenson but first I got to take care of Cleverly if that is the man then we will see what happens," said Jack.
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