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Mayweather vs McGregor: Nathan Cleverly vs Badou Jack close for undercard

The WBA will decide if the fight will actually happen, but terms have been reached.

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Scott Christ is the managing editor of Bad Left Hook and has been covering boxing for SB Nation since 2006.

One of the fights long rumored for the Mayweather-McGregor pay-per-view undercard on August 26 is now very close, as promoter Eddie Hearn says that terms have been agreed to for a fight between WBA light heavyweight titleholder Nathan Cleverly and Badou Jack.

But the fight isn’t fully done yet, either, and it’s up to the WBA as of now:

“We agreed terms for Nathan Cleverly to defend his world title against Badou Jack on the Mayweather undercard. The only issue we have to overcome is we’re just boxing off with [Dmitry] Bivol, who is the mandatory in the WBA, to make sure the belt can be on the line. The deal is done and now we have to make sure that the fight can take place for the WBA world title.”

The fight would be a solid addition to the show, with Jack (21-1-2, 12 KO) a former super middleweight titleholder moving up in weight, and Cleverly (30-3, 16 KO) a two-time titleholder at 175, though he is just 4-3 in his last seven fights, and has been exposed against the upper tier of the division in the past, including losses to Sergey Kovalev and Andrzej Fonfara (his third loss came at cruiserweight to Tony Bellew, whom he’d beaten at 175).

Right now, the Mayweather-McGregor card is shaping up to be a big one, which is obvious just from the main event and the interest in that, but the undercard isn’t certainly better than some we’ve seen, even for cards where the main event was far less likely to sell well. Gervonta Davis will defend his 130-pound title against Rocky Martinez on the pay-per-view, and a FOX-broadcast prelim show will see Shawn Porter take on Thomas Dulorme.

If this fight does happen, who do you see winning?

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