Adonis Stevenson and Badou Jack both predicted they would win the WBC Light Heavyweight World Championship by knockout as they were joined by all-time great Floyd Mayweather during the final press conference on Thursday.
Stevenson will make the ninth defense of his title against Jack in the biggest and most meaningful fight in the 175-pound division in 2018 from Air Canada Centre in Toronto on Saturday night.
Ahead of the press conference Jack gave a nod to Stevenson, but was also confident of the outcome of the fight.
“Adonis is definitely my toughest opponent on paper, but that doesn’t really mean he will be the toughest on fight night,” Jack said.
During the press conference, Stevenson responded to Jack, stating quite simply, “don’t blink!”
“Because it’s only going to take one punch to knock him out.”
Stevenson vs. Jack is part of a split-site SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING® telecast beginning at 10:05 p.m. ET/PT with featherweight champion Gary Russell, Jr. defending his title against No. 1 ranked contender Joseph Diaz from the MGM National Harbor in Maryland. SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING coverage then shifts to Canada at approximately 11 p.m. ET/PT.
During Thursday’s press conference, Floyd Mayweather boasted about the card that was put together.
“The matchup is a 50-50 anything can happen in the sport of boxing,” Mayweather stated.
“All it takes is one shot. One thing we do know about Badou Jack is he can give it and he can take it. He’s not going to back down from any opponent.”
CEO of Mayweather Promotions, Leonard Ellerbe, was also in attendance of the press conference.
“We have two great champions here,” Ellerbe said.
“Will Adonis be able to land his vaunted left hand and be able to stop Badou Jack like he has his other opponents? Or Will Badou Jack continue his winning streak while fighting the highest boxers in the sport? It’s going to be a treat on Saturday night. Badou Jack is the face of Mayweather Promotions and he helps us out with our younger fighters and is such a good guy. Come Saturday night he will be the new WBC light heavyweight champion of the world.”
Tickets for the live event, which is promoted by Groupe Yvon Michel, Lee Baxter Promotions and Mayweather Promotions, are on sale now and available at www.ticketmaster.ca.