With just over a month until showtime, the Mayweather-McGregor undercard is finally grumbling to life. The Ring reports that Mayweather teammate Badou Jack is “close to a deal” to face WBA champ Nathan Cleverly in “The Ripper’s” light heavyweight debut.
Jack (21-1-2, 12 KO) upset George Groves for the WBC super middleweight title in 2015, then defended it with a questionable-draw-turned-disqualification against Lucian Bute seven months later. This past January, he took on James DeGale in a unification match and did massive damage to “Chunky’s” face, though he had to settle for a majority draw.
Cleverly (30-3, 16 KO) rebounded from his loss to Andrzej Fonfara with a quality scrap against Jürgen Brähmer, which came to an abrupt end in the sixth round after Brähmer injured his elbow. This is his first time he’s held a world title since Sergey Kovalev ended his WBO reign in 2013.
I’m leaning towards Jack at the moment. He’s on a roll and Clev’s size advantage doesn’t figure to be enough of a game-changer. Thoughts?