By Luke Furman
Yvon Michel, who promotes WBC light heavyweight world champion Adonis Stevenson, was very impressed with the performance of challenger Badou Jack.
On Saturday night in Toronto, Stevenson started strong - but then faded badly in the second half.
The contest continued to have numerous swings of momentum and in a twelve round majority draw - with one judge scoring 115-113 for Jack and the two remaining judges penning scores of 114-114.
Michel was not expecting the contest to play out in such a manner - especially after Stevenson won the majority of the rounds in the first half of the contest.
"Badou Jack really impressed me. It was structured, organized and disciplined. He knew what to do, his game plan was solid. He presented a level of boxing to Stevenson that I didn't believe that he was able to present," Michel told TVA Sports.
"On the other side, it was fine for Adonis at the beginning of contest. I thought he won five of the first six rounds. But we felt after the sixth round that Adonis was helpless after being unable to get the knockout. It's as if Jack had said at the time: 'This is my fight.'
Michel was not surprised by the outcome, because the fight was close. He had Stevenson winning by two rounds.
"After the fight, I was very confident [that Stevenson had won]. I had the impression that Adonis had won by two points. I was convinced that he kept his belt. In the worst scenario that I had in mind, it was a draw and that's what happened," Michel said.
Regarding a potential rematch that both fighters are demanding, things may get complicated in that respect, admits Michel.
The President of the World Boxing Council, Mauricio Sulaiman, had said a few weeks ago that Stevenson, in the aftermath of his contest with Jack, would have to face his mandatory contender, Oleksandr Gvozdyk.
Luke Furman covers boxing for bokser.org