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Stevenson vs. Jack Now Heads To Toronto, Not Montreal

By Luke Furman

The world championship fight between World Boxing Council (WBC) light heavyweight champion Adonis Stevenson and former two-division champion Badou Jack will not take place in Montreal - but now in Toronto.

Scheduled for May 19th, the lead promoter Yvon Michel of GYM, who handles Stevenson, has always maintained that the fight would take place at the Bell Centre in Montreal, and that he was waiting for the signing of contracts to put in motion the promotion of the event and sale of tickets.

But on Monday morning, the news fell that his card would head over to Toronto.

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This gala was announced in January when Showtime and Premier Boxing Champions (PBC) unveiled their calendar for the first six months of the year. Stevenson, unlike Jack, did not first participate in this huge press conference held in New York.

Michel indicates that the card will now take place at the Air Canada Center.

"It's been months that I was told 100% that the fight will be in Montreal," defended Michel in an interview with RDS.

"I certainly wondered why I was not allowed to put tickets on sale, but we did everything right. Even the Showtime people had contacted the Bell Centre to confirm the television broadcast. But at the end of the week I was called, and tell me that it could not take place in Montreal anymore. I was not given any more explanations other than that."

A few weeks ago the fight was nearly postponed because of  Eleider Alvarez, who was then the mandatory challenger for Stevenson. Alvarez, the mandatory since November 2015, threatened to force the champion to fight him.

Since then, Alvarez decided to take another route and face World Boxing Organization (WBO) champion Sergey Kovalev later this summer, giving up his position at the WBC.

Stevenson (29-1, 24 KOs) will attempt on May 19 to make a ninth consecutive defense of his title acquired in 2013. His last mandatory defense dates back to November of the same year, when he had faced Tony Bellew in Quebec City.

This time, the Montreal champion will face Jack (22-1-2, 13 KOs), a former World Boxing Association champion, who had renounced his title instead of facing his mandatory opponent, Dmitry Bivol, who is current champion.

For GYM, it is also a hard blow to change the location - because the undercard which would feature boxers like Oscar Rivas, Mikael Zewski and Christian Mbili will be more difficult to promote in Toronto than in Montreal.

Luke Furman covers boxing for bokser.org.

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by Superbee on 04-24-2018

[QUOTE=Teddy Brenner;18700919]Stevenson's Twitter account is sayng that the Raptors are somehow in on the promotion...it's a great fight so hopefully it will sell. [B]@AdonisSuperman Press Conference @AirCanadaCentre and the #toronto Raptors will be promoting the May 19th fight. Good job…

Comment by Superbee on 04-24-2018

[QUOTE=VatoMulatto;18700266]He looked fast and explosive against Fonfara last year so we haven't seen anything that would make me think he's slowing down. However, he turns 41 in a few months so you never know.[/QUOTE] Never took a beating, averages 2…

Comment by IMDAZED on 04-24-2018

[QUOTE=mapleleaf27;18700957]Everyone talking about Montreal. I feel to mention this, that you must make a stop @ Schwartz's [url]http://www.schwartzsdeli.com/[/url][/QUOTE] Good spot. Also, great brunch spot called L’Avenue du Plateau. And great night scene. Great sights. Great shopping. Man, I need to…

Comment by WarMaidana on 04-24-2018

[QUOTE=R_Walken;18700418]Yeah man it is what it is. I’m going to decide what to do after tomorrow and their supposed press conference when they actually release tickets it’s a 1st world problem to have and really isn’t that big of a…

Comment by Damn Wicked on 04-24-2018

[QUOTE=mapleleaf27;18700002]great to see this coming to my town, although you could walk down any street in Toronto and mention either of these guys names to 100 people and I doubt 10 would no who they are. Toronto is a bandwagon…

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