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Badou Jack v Adonis Stevenson produced a hilarious moment involving the referee

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Badou Jack and Adonis Stevenson faced each other in Toronto on Saturday evening for the World Boxing Council light heavyweight championship.

The match was drawn 114-114, 114-114 and 115-113 to Jack, meaning Stevenson retained the title at the end of their 12-round bout.

Neither man was satisfied to exit the ring with honours even, though.

"Definitely I won the fight - I hurt him in the body," Stevenson said, per Sporting News.

"He slowed down, I kept pressuring, moving and was slick. I touched him more. I thought I won this fight.

"He's slick. Badou is a two-time world champion and a good fighter."

Likewise, Jack - who’s backed by Floyd Mayweather - claimed he should now be the current light heavyweight championship.

"I thought I definitely won the fight - no judge had him winning," he said.

"I can't do anything about it. He didn't really hit me. Nothing happened, it is what it is. Let's do a rematch."

Adonis Stevenson v Badou Jack

While the result was a disappointing one for fighters, fans were certainly treated to an entertaining affair - not least during the latter stages when referee Ian John-Lewis became more involved than he would’ve wanted.

As fatigue took its toll on Jack and Stevenson heading into the 12th round, the pair locked in a clinch in the centre of the ring.

The referee stepped in to split them as Jack broke away to launch a huge left hook intended for his opponent, but instead clocking John-Lewis square in the face.

Considering how clean a strike it was, the official deserves serious credit for shaking off the blow and even cracking a smile before restarting the action.

Take a look at the incident in the video below.

The reaction of both John-Lewis and Jack is simply priceless, and plenty of boxing fans are loving it on Twitter.

The majority draw is Jack’s second in his previous three fights, though both he and the ref probably won’t be forgetting this one for a while yet.

Topics:
Badou Jack
Adonis Stevenson
Floyd Mayweather
Boxing

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