Badou Jack rolls through Nathan Cleverly via 5th round TKO to win WBA title at 175 pounds
Moments ago, inside of the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas Nevada, Badou Jack successfully moved back up to the light heavyweight division and scored an impressive fifth round TKO victory over former two-time champion Nathan Cleverly.
Showing off his trademark style, Jack had success staying close to Cleverly while ripping him to the body and head as the fight wore on.
The early rounds were close, however, as Cleverly appeared to have some success and keeping Jack at a distance and trying to box is way out of harm’s way.
It was the fourth round that Jack really stepped up his tempo as he began battering Cleverly around the ring and turning the momentum of the fight.
The beating continued into the fifth round as Jack pinned Cleverly against the ropes and began to unload on him. Referee Tony Weeks had no choice but to jump in and stop action the action, thus granting Jack with his second championship.
Prior to the match, Jack held the WBC super-middleweight world title.
What was notable about the belt was just how many close contests Jack had either fighting for the belt or trying to defend it.
He defeated Anthony Dirrell in April 2015 to be a majority decision to capture the WBC belt.
Had a successful first defense against George Groves months later and won via split decision in a fight that he appeared to control.
After that he fought Lucian Bute to a draw in a match he clearly won but saw the contest changed back to a win after Bute failed his post-fight drug test.
And in January, Jack had a tremendous battle with IBF super middleweight champion James DeGale, rising from the canvas and appearing to do enough to score the victory. The fight ended up being a majority draw however and Jack soon realized that he needed to start taking matters into his own hands.
Cleverly fight was the perfect example, as that closely contested match quickly turned into a one-sided duel with Jack claiming his second world title belt in the process.
With the victory, Jack improves his record 22 victories with one defeat, two draws, and 13 knockouts.
As for cleverly, his record drops to 30 wins, four losses and 16 knockouts to his credit.
What’s impressive about Jack’s performance is the fact that he is only the second guy to stop Cleverly.
Back in august of 2013, Cleverly, originally from the United Kingdom, was stopped by then-contender Sergey Kovalev.
Kovalev, of course, went on to be one of the biggest and most beer names in the light heavyweight division, before suffering back to back to defeats to Andre Ward this year.
And all his other matches, Cleverly had shown a strong beard and the ability to box his way toward success. The fact that Jack was able to pretty much run through him says a lot about him and his move to the Light heavyweight division.
Not sure what will be next for Jack, but undefeated #1 contender Dmitry Bivol (11-0, 9 KO’s) is likely waiting in the wings.
Don’t be surprised to see Jack try to chase a bigger name, however.