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Badou Jack Stops Nathan Cleverly For Title

Badou Jack set off the night for Mayweather Promotions with a 5th round stoppage via TKO of Nathan Cleverly to win the WBA light heavyweight title.

Badou Jack set off the night for Mayweather Promotions with a 5th round stoppage via TKO of Nathan Cleverly to win the WBA light heavyweight title. Jack dominated the fight from start to finish and it was becoming clear as the fight progressed that the referee might have to jump in. 

“I wanted to box him and feel him out while establishing my jab,” said Jack. “Then the plan was to break him down from there. The plan was to finish him.”

Cleverly couldn’t avoid the barrage of uppercuts, hooks, and combinations that Jack put together expertly and referee Tony Weeks put a halt to the contest at 2:47 in the 5th round. Cleverly was disappointed but it was definitely the right thing to do. 

“I thought the stoppage was premature,” said Cleverly. “He had just swung and missed but it’s up to the referee in the end. I have to respect that decision. I’ll re-evaluate. I have a lot of miles left in me. I’m a two-time world champion. I have to take it from here and decide where I go.


Jack immediately expressed his desire to fight current light heavyweight juggernaut Andre Ward or Adonis Stevenson who both hold the remaining major light heavyweight belts. 


I think Adonis Stevenson (is next) lets get it on. Unless you want a trilogy with Andrzej Fonfara, lets get it on. Lets fight somebody real. Id go anywhere.  

Rhett Butler is a Boxing Writer Association of America Journalist, Play-By-Play Commentator, Combat Sports Insider, and Former Mixed Martial Arts and Boxing Promoter. Having been involved with combat sports since 2005, Rhett began in the Fighter Relations Department of the UFC and World Extreme Cagefighting. Eventually, he became the Site Coordinator for the now-defunct Strikeforce organization. He then founded Fight Services and handled the event and talent logistics for MMA World Series of Fighting, Titan FC, as well as boxing promoter K2 Promotions. Rhett was also a Stage Manager for Showtime Championship Boxing. Currently, Rhett is the lead combat sports and bodybuilding writer, producer, podcaster, and host for The Shadow League. He has also been published in Money Magazine, reported for TIME Magazine and been a freelance writer for UFC.com, MaximumFighting.com, UFC 360 Magazine, Fight Magazine, MMAPayout.com, and Heavy.com. Rhett has hosted lifestyle TV programming in the Washington, D.C. market on the District of Columbia Network (DCN) and the District Knowledge Network (DKN) and has been a Play-By-Play Announcer for Monumental Sports Network’s PPV streaming service.