Badou Jack Cleverly beats Nathan

Former Gambian Olympian Badou Jack is the new WBA World light-heavyweight champion after taking full control to beat Englishman Nathan Cleverly in Las Vegas.

The 33-year-old battered Nathan Cleverly in their light heavyweight title fight until referee Tony Weeks mercifully stepped in to stop it at 2:47 of the fifth round at T-Mobile Arena.

Jack, dubbed “The Ripper” (22-1-2, 13 KOs), became a two-division champion by winning the WBA world light heavyweight title from Wales’ Cleverly (30-4, 16 KOs) on the Floyd Mayweather Jr.-Conor McGregor undercard.

Jack, who before the fight said he wants to become a WBA champion and be given “a British passport” because of his record against them, said after his fifth round stoppage of the Welshman: “It’s a dream come true. It’s good to have a world title belt back. I couldn’t leave it to the judges; I had to go for the kill.”

Jack, who represented the Gambia at the 2008 Olympics in Beijing, China, is the former WBC world super-middleweight champion and has previously fought Britain’s James DeGale and George Groves.

He gave up his title so he could step up and face Cleverly in his first light-heavyweight fight and he began battering the taller Cleverly in the fourth round, when he bloodied his opponent’s nose.

The newly crowned champion landed a particularly punishing right hand to the side of Cleverly’s head in the fourth round and followed it up with a crushing left hook.

Badou Jack picked up in the fifth round where he left off connecting with a sweeping right hand that knocked Cleverly into the ropes.

Badou earned at least $750,000 from the fight against Cleverly, according to ESPN while the website Famous Net Worth claims Jack has an estimated net worth of $4.2 million. 

The Gambian’s boss and promoter Floyd Mayweather meanwhile extended his perfect career record to 50 fights unbeaten by stopping Conor McGregor in the 10th round of one of the richest bouts in boxing history.