Badou Jack is one of a number of fighters who box under Floyd Mayweather’s promotional company, ‘The Money Team’, so we look at how the stable is faring.
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The ‘Ripper’ is arguably one of the most successful boxers from the ‘TMT’ stable having claimed world titles at super-middleweight and light-heavyweight respectively, and will now hope to add the WBC 175lbs belt to his collection when he faces Adonis Stevenson, at the Air Canada Centre in Toronto, this Sunday morning, live on Sky Sports.
We look at some of the high-profile boxers who fight under the Las Vegas-based, ‘TMT’ banner.
Floyd Mayweather (50-0-KO27)
Floyd Mayweather is perhaps the finest boxer of his generation having won world titles in five different weight classes, and retiring with an unblemished record of 50 victories without defeat.
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The fighter who earlier went by the ring nickname ‘Pretty Boy’, before switching to ‘Money’, came out of retirement last September to stop MMA star Conor McGregor under boxing rules and break Rocky Marciano’s long-standing record of undefeated fights in a career.
It remains to be seen whether anyone can tempt Mayweather back into competing again, with several social media posts by him hinting at a possible return bout against McGregor under MMA rules in the Octagon.
Badou Jack (22-1-2-KO13)
Jack suffered a devastating first-round knockout loss to Derek Edwards in 2014, but bounced back a year later to claim the WBC super-middleweight title against Anthony Dirrell.
The Las Vegas-based Swede then broke British hearts in his first defence by beating George Groves via split decision in 2015, before drawing to James DeGale in a unification bout which would prove to be his last contest at the weight.
‘The Ripper’ is recognised as a two-weight king after beating Nathan Cleverly for the WBA ‘regular’ light-heavyweight on the Mayweather-McGregor undercard last year, and now has the chance to add a third world championship belt when he faces WBC 175lbs champion, Adonis Stevenson, this Saturday night.
Gervonta Davis (20-0-19KO)
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Davis is being mooted as Floyd Mayweather’s successor on the world stage having won all but one of his contests inside the distance, and destroying the formerly undefeated Jose Pedraza to claim the IBF super-featherweight crown last January, aged 23.
‘Tank’ lost the title on the scales after failing to make the 130lbs limit against Francisco Fonseca last August, but reclaimed his status as a world champion in April after stopping Jesus Marcelo Andres Cuellar to become a two-time king.
Ishe Smith (29-10-KO12)
Smith lost five out of his first 17 fights but became a world champion at super-welterweight in his 18th contest after outpointing Cornelius Bundrage in 2013.
‘Super Shay’ was defeated by Carlos Molina his first defence, and failed to reclaim his status as a world champion 15 months later after losing a high-profile contest against Erislandy Lara for the WBA 154lbs strap.
It remains to be seen whether the 39-year-old will fight again after suffering back-to-back losses within the last six months.
Ashley Theophane (42-8-1-KO12)
London-born Theophane reigned as a British champion in 2011 after beating Lenny Daws, before making the trip across the pond to act as a sparring partner for Floyd Mayweather.
The 37-year-old still harbours ambitions of becoming a world champion, despite being stopped by Adrien Broner for the WBA super-lightweight title in 2016, but has recently left Team Mayweather for ventures new.
Andrew Tabiti (16-0-KO13)
Andrew Tabiti is one of the most-promising fighters who form part of ‘The Money Team’.
The cruiserweight is undefeated in 16 contests and recorded a points victory over former world champion Steve Cunningham last September.
The 28-year-old knocked out Lateef Kayode inside six rounds earlier this month and immediately called out the winner of the cruiserweight World Boxing Super Series final, which will be contested between Oleksandr Usyk and Murat Gassiev.
J’Leon Love (23-1-KO13)
J’Leon Love is an established contender in the super-middleweight division and a former 2008 USA Olympian.
The Michigan-born fighter seemed on the verge of a world title shot after drawing to Gabriel Rossado in 2013 and stopping Marco Antonio Periban a year later, but a first career loss to Rogelio ‘Porky’ Medina in 2014 has derailed his progression at the highest level ever since.
Watch Adonis Stevenson’s WBC title defence against Badou Jack in Toronto on Sunday May 19, from 2.30am, live on Sky Sports Main Event and Sky Sports Action.