The CompuBox numbers have been crunched for last weekend’s WBC title double held in Canada and the USA.
In Toronto, Adonis Stevenson and Badou Jack fought a highly entertaining draw for the WBC light-heavyweight title, whilst across the border into Washington, Gary Russell Jr. defended his WBC featherweight belt against Joseph Diaz.
Here are how the stats look for both bouts:
Stevenson retains his WBC light heavyweight title, but barely, against the hard-luck Jack, who absorbed his second draw in a title fight in his last three bouts.
Jack won his rounds much bigger than Stevenson — in rounds 7-11 alone he led 114-40 overall — but in the round-by-round breakdowns Jack led just 6-5-1 in total connects.
To say Jack started slow is an understatement: he went 5.4 of 21.6 in rounds one thru five, then 26 of 63 in rounds six thru twelve.
The body punching was superb on both sides (91 for Stevenson, 57 for Jack). Stevenson landed just 40% of his power shots after landing 55.3% in his previous 9 fights. Scoring: 114-114 (2x), 115-113 Jack.
A matter of quantity over accuracy in a pulsating title fight, for while the final numbers were close in terms of connects (199-192 overall).
Russell’s output trumped Diaz’s accuracy as Russell threw a personal best 992 total punches (with the previous high being 845 vs. Christopher Martin) as well as a personal best in terms of throwing the most jabs (587 jabs, superseding his previous high of 510 vs. Gusev).
Diaz’s 192 total punches landed and 151 power shots landed were the most by a Russell opponent in 17 of his fights tracked by CompuBox.
Lomachenko landed 183 punches in his win over Russell. 88 of Diaz’s 192 landed punches (46%) were body shots. (CompuBox avg.: 23.3%)
Russell also was the better finisher as he out-landed Diaz 93-64 in rounds 7-11. Scoring: 115-113, 117-111 twice.
Inside the numbers:
ADONIS STEVENSON D 12 BADOU JACK — GARY RUSSELL W 12 JO JO DIAZ
5.4- punches landed per round by Jack in first five rounds vs. Stevenson (light heavy avg.: 15.9)
12.5- avg. power punches landed per round by Diaz (Russell’s previous 5 opponents landed 7.8 per round)
17- power punches landed by Jack in the first four rounds
21.6- avg. punches thrown per round by Jack in first five rounds vs. Stevenson
26- avg. punches landed per round by Jack in rounds six thru twelve vs. Stevenson
31- punches landed by Stevenson in round eleven, his high for the fight
32- punches landed by Jack in round nine, most by a Stevenson opponent
63- avg. punches thrown per round by Jack in rounds six thru twelve vs. Stevenson
40%- power punch connect pct. for Stevenson vs. Jack after landing 55.3% in his previous 9 fights
45.8%- pct. of punches landed by Diaz that were body shots on Russell (CompuBox avg.: 22.4%)
48.9- avg. jabs thrown per round by Russell (featherweight avg.: 23.1)
55.2%- pct. of punches landed by Stevenson that were body shots on Jack (CompuBox avg.: 22.4%)
82.7- avg. punches thrown per round by Russell (featherweight avg.: 59)
192- punches landed by Diaz, most by a Russell opponent. Lomachenko landed 183 punches vs. Russell
587- jabs thrown by Russell- a career high
992- punches thrown by Russell- a career high