Ellerbe: Fighting Adonis Stevenson Will Bring Out Best in Jack

By Ryan Burton

On May 19th WBC and lineal light heavyweight champion Adonis Stevenson (29-1) and former two-division champion Badou Jack (22-1-2) will collide at the Bell Centre in Montreal, Canada. 

The fight was recently announced along with the rest of Showtime's schedule for the first half of 2018. Co-headlining the telecast will be Keith Thurman's defense of his WBA and WBC titles from the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, NY in a split site broadcast.

Leonard Ellerbe, who promotes Jack, is among the many who are looking forward to the bout.


"It's a 50-50 fight on paper. I think it is the best match up out there. The best fighting the best. Badou - there aren't enough accolades to describe what he has done since 2014. He has fought 5 current or former world champions in a row. He is a guy who is always looking to fight the best that is out there. I think fighting Adonis Stevenson will bring out the best in him and I really excited about that," Ellerbe told

The Las Vegas, Nevada based Jack will go into the fight as the underdog but he is no stranger to that role after upsetting Anthony Dirrell to capture his first world title and has also reeled off wins against Lucian Bute and George Groves and fought James DeGale to a disputed draw last year in a fight that many people thought Jack deserved to get the victory.

If he knocks off Stevenson, Ellerbe believes that Jack deserves a spot on the top ten of the pound-for-pound list.

"Most definitely. If you look at the body of work he has put together and we are just starting. This is a tremendous match up so obviously the focus is there but very big things lay ahead for Badou when he wins this fight on May 19th," said Ellerbe.

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User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by Superbee on 02-16-2018

[QUOTE=_Rexy_;18486306]Yeah, Montreal has always gotten good cards for decades, but I'm trying to think of the last big fight that came to Toronto, and I'm grasping at straws here. I can only think of Ali vs Chuvalo.[/QUOTE] But, but... You…

Comment by _Rexy_ on 02-16-2018

[QUOTE=mapleleaf27;18491086]hahahaha jays glory days![/QUOTE] I remember in 94 I won a big autographed Paul Molitor poster from a grocery store raffle. Now I just have to wait for my dad to die so I can get it lmao

Comment by mapleleaf27 on 02-16-2018

[QUOTE=_Rexy_;18488390]Totally read that as Paul Molitor and thought "damn, is there anything that man couldn't do for our city?"[/QUOTE] hahahaha jays glory days!

Comment by _Rexy_ on 02-15-2018

[QUOTE=mapleleaf27;18487773]You are probably right. Most shows taking place around here are just filled with novices...I used to go watch Steve Molitor fight at Casino Rama when he had the IBF jrfeather, that was a good venue.[/QUOTE] Totally read that as…

Comment by mapleleaf27 on 02-15-2018

[QUOTE=_Rexy_;18486306]Yeah, Montreal has always gotten good cards for decades, but I'm trying to think of the last big fight that came to Toronto, and I'm grasping at straws here. I can only think of Ali vs Chuvalo.[/QUOTE] You are probably…

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