T-Mobile Arena, Las Vegas, United States
Belts on The Line
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Who won Cleverly vs Jack?
Badou Jack beat Nathan Cleverly by technical knockout in the 5th round on Saturday 26th August 2017 at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas.
The fight was scheduled to take place over 12 rounds in the Light Heavyweight division, which meant the weight limit was 175 pounds (12.5 stone or 79.4 KG).
This contest was for the vacant WBA light heavyweight championship of the world.
Cleverly vs Jack stats
Back in August 2017, Nathan Cleverly stepped into the ring with a record of 30 wins, 3 loses and 0 draws.
Badou Jack made his way to the ring with a record of 21 wins, 1 loss and 2 draws.
Nathan Cleverly was the younger man by 3 years, at 31 years old.
Cleverly had a height advantage of 1 inch over Jack. That also extended to a 1-inch reach advantage.
Both Nathan Cleverly & Badou Jack fought out of an orthodox stance.
Cleverly was arguably the more experienced fighter, having had 9 more fights, and made his debut in 2005, 3 years and 10 months earlier than Jack, whose first professional fight was in 2009. He had fought 3 less professional rounds, 217 to Jack's 220.
Badou Jack was ranked number 10 by the WBA and 11 by the IBF in the 175lb division.
Cleverly vs Jack form
Nathan Cleverly had stopped 3 of his last 5 opponents.
In his last fight before this contest, he had beat Juergen Braehmer on 1st October 2016 by technical knockout in the 6th round in their WBA World Light Heavyweight championship fight at Jahnsportforum, Neubrandenburg, Germany.
Previous to that, he had been beaten by Andrzej Fonfara on 16th October 2015 by unanimous decision in their 12 round contest at UIC Pavilion, Chicago, United States.
Going into that contest, he had beat Tomas Man on 30th May 2015 by technical knockout in the 1st round at The O2 Arena, London, United Kingdom.
Before that, he had lost to Tony Bellew on 22nd November 2014 by split decision in their 12 round contest at Echo Arena, Liverpool.
He had won against Alejandro Emilio Valori on 12th July 2014 by technical knockout in the 4th round at Echo Arena, Liverpool.
Jack had beaten 3 of his last 5 opponents, stopping 1 of them, going the distance twice.
In his last fight leading up to this contest, he had drawn with James DeGale on 14th January 2017 by majority draw in their 12 round contest in their WBC World Super Middleweight and IBF World Super Middleweight championship fight at Barclays Center, New York, United States.
Previous to that, he had drawn with Lucian Bute on 30th April 2016 by majority draw in their 12 round contest in their WBC World Super Middleweight championship fight at Armory, Washington.
Going into that contest, he had beat George Groves on 12th September 2015 by split decision in their WBC World Super Middleweight championship fight at MGM Grand, Las Vegas.
Before that, he had defeated Anthony Dirrell on 24th April 2015 by majority decision in their WBC World Super Middleweight championship fight at UIC Pavilion, Chicago.
He had won against Francisco Sierra on 12th December 2014 by technical knockout in the 6th round at Alamodome, San Antonio.
In terms of activity leading into the fight, Badou Jack had been fighting more than Nathan Cleverly.
Going to this contest, Nathan Cleverly had last fought 10 months and 25 days ago, while Badou Jack's last outing had been 7 months and 12 days ago.
Cleverly's last 5 fights had come over a period of 3 years, 1 month and 14 days, meaning he had been fighting on average every 7 months and 16 days. In those fights, he fought a total of 35 rounds, meaning that they had lasted 7 rounds on average.
Jack's last 5 fights had come over a period of 2 years, 8 months and 14 days, meaning he had been fighting on average every 6 months and 16 days. In those fights, he fought a total of 54 rounds, meaning that they had lasted 10.8 rounds on average.
What time did Cleverly vs Jack start?
The fighters were expected to ringwalk at around 11:00 PM EST / 8:00 PM PST at T-Mobile Arena, Las Vegas, United States, which was around 4:00 AM BST in the UK.
What were the odds on Cleverly vs Jack?
Nathan Cleverly was a 3/1 (+300) underdog going into the contest, while Badou Jack made his way into the ring at 1/4 (-400) with oddsmakers.