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Photos: Badou Jack Hits Canada For Adonis Stevenson Clash

Former two-division world champion Badou Jack explored Toronto and Maple Leaf Square at Air Canada Centre on Wednesday just three days before he challenges light heavyweight king Adonis Stevenson in what will be the city’s most significant world title fight in more 30 years.

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Jack will attempt to dethrone WBC 175-pound champion Stevenson this Saturday live on SHOWTIME from Air Canada Centre in an event presented by Premier Boxing Champions.

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Stevenson vs. Jack is the most noteworthy fight in Toronto since Aaron Pryor defended his 140-pound title against Toronto-native Nicky Furlano on June 22, 1984 at Varsity Arena.  Eleven years prior, on Sept. 22, 1973, Welterweight World Champion Jose Napoles defeated Canada’s Clyde Gray at the old Maple Leaf Gardens. 

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The most significant fight in Toronto boxing history took place more than 50 years ago when Heavyweight World Champion Muhammad Ali, on the heels of consecutive wins over Sonny Liston and Floyd Patterson, faced Toronto-native George Chuvalo.  Ali defeated Chuvalo in the March 29, 1966 showdown at Maple Leafs Garden in what was a grueling 15-round unanimous decision.

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Stevenson (29-1, 24 KOs), who has resided in Montreal since he was five-years-old, has fought just once in Toronto.  The southpaw defended his WBC belt via knockout of Tommy Karpency at Richoh Coliseum in 2015 in a fight that he was heavily favored to win.

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Most experts see Stevenson vs. Jack as much closer, perhaps even a 50-50 fight.

Jack (21-1-3, 13 KOs) is a former 168-pound and 175-pound champion who relinquished his light heavyweight title for the chance to challenge the longest reigning champion in the division, and the second-longest reigning champ in boxing.

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Stevenson vs. Jack is part of a split-site SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING® telecast beginning at 10 p.m. ET/PT with featherweight champion Gary Russell, Jr. defending his title against mandatory title challenger Joseph Diaz from the MGM National Harbor in Maryland on Saturday, May 19.

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User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by Ray* on 05-17-2018

Looking forward to this fight with a lot of anticipation.

Comment by MulaKO on 05-17-2018

[QUOTE=mapleleaf27;18778587]Yes your right, it is! I was surprised. I have paid that for 2nd level at Bell Centre for fights before, the floors I think are more in the 500 range...perhaps Showtime has subsidized a huge portion of the purses?…

Comment by mapleleaf27 on 05-17-2018

[QUOTE=MulaKO;18778428]Wow that’s fughin cheap I thought everything was more expensive in TO Maybe not lol[/QUOTE] Yes your right, it is! I was surprised. I have paid that for 2nd level at Bell Centre for fights before, the floors I think…

Comment by MulaKO on 05-17-2018

[QUOTE=mapleleaf27;18778337]at the ACC, the first 10 rows or so the seats are "platinum" color, then gold, then reds,...so to answer your question the golds are first level but 10 rows up from 'ice'/ floor level[/QUOTE] Wow that’s fughin cheap I…

Comment by mapleleaf27 on 05-16-2018

[QUOTE=MulaKO;18778236]Out of curiosity, what are gold seats In Montreal ringside would be $600 The lower section of the arena would be a good $240 to $300[/QUOTE] at the ACC, the first 10 rows or so the seats are "platinum" color,…

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