Boxing’s oldest reigning world champion showed he’s not slowing down as he successfully defended his 175-pound title for the ninth time Saturday night.
Adonis Stevenson turned 40 in September, but boxing’s oldest reigning champion showed he’s not slowing down. On Saturday night, Stevenson successfully defended his 175-pound title for the ninth time after a grueling, toe-to-toe draw against former two-division titleholder Badou Jack at Air Canada Centre in Toronto.
Stevenson is a southpaw known primarily for his powerful, lights-out left hand that he calls his “Superman punch.” This time Stevenson (29-1-1, 24 KOs) displayed come-forward aggression, a double-fisted body attack and a durable chin while overcoming a bloody nose and a cold against the 34-year-old Jack (22-1-2, 13 KOs). After all that, Stevenson said he’s willing to do it again and wants to take on all comers.
“He would catch me and I would catch him,” Stevenson said. “I used both hands. I touched him a lot with the right hand to the body and slowed him down. I knew Badou Jack looked for my left hand, so that’s why I used my right hand. I would like a rematch in December. Why not? I’ll give him a rematch definitely in Quebec City or in Montreal.”
Stevenson has also expressed interest in fighting fellow champions Dmitry Bivol, Sergey “Crusher” Kovalev and Artur Beterbiev.
“I’ve got a lot of options,” Stevenson said. “I’ll take anyone, no problem, if the money is right.”
“I can fight the winner of (Sergey) Kovalev-(Eleider) Alvarez. If Kovalev gets into the ring with me, I will knock him out. Or I’ll unify against somebody and be undisputed, whether it’s Bivol, Kovalev, Beterbiev … I can fight Tony Bellew and beat his ass again. I could go to England and fight at a catch-weight and knock him out again.”
Stevenson is 9-0-1 with seven KOs including his stoppage of Chad Dawson for the title, and 16-0-1 with 14 KOs since his lone loss to Darnell Boone in 2010, which he avenged in 2013.
“People wrote me off after losing to Darnell Boone. I came back, knocked Boone out and got revenge,” said Stevenson. “There’s no other man in the division who is on my level. My body’s healthy. I’m focused to train. I’m the king of the division.”
For a complete recap of Stevenson vs Jack, check out our fight page.