Badou Jack Aims To Make A Splash In And Out Of The Ring
At one point, Badou Jack was the biggest boxing star in his home country of Sweden, having fought in international competitions and the Olympics representing a country that ended a 36-year-old ban on professional boxing in 2006. When he first moved to the United States, he almost had to start from square one.
But now, Jack is getting ready to become a three-time world champion when he faces WBC light heavyweight champion Adonis Stevenson, who has had a tight grip on the title for years, in Toronto on May 19th. Although the buildup for the clash is slightly different than previous ones, the end goal remains the same.
Jack will be facing perhaps the most dangerous fighter of his career and having the best training camp possible is of the utmost importance to him. When he spoke with FIGHT SPORTS, Jack called this current training camp one of the best ones of his career.
“Camp is going well. So far it’s good, real good. This is actually my first camp with no injury so I’m feeling extra good coming into this fight,” Jack said.
After a rough start in the United States that saw him grow dissatisfied with his former manager, Jack saw his career take a turn for the better after signing with Floyd Mayweather Jr.’s Mayweather Promotions in late 2012. Fast forward to present day and the investment has paid off with Jack fighting in his sixth consecutive world title fight, winning four of his previous five fights with one draw. Having attained world titles at super middleweight and light heavyweight, Jack is now working towards his life after boxing.
Jack is now making waves as an entrepreneur, having launched his own supplement company in the last few weeks. As the 34-year-old’s career continues to progress and eventually starts to wind down, Jack is now thinking about his life beyond the ring.
“Honestly, stuff like this didn’t even enter my mind back then. I wasn’t thinking about stuff like that and my mind was just on boxing and trying to be successful. But now, with this being my first venture outside of boxing, I’m just starting to plan out things for the future,” Jack said.
For now, his focus is on winning another world title and Stevenson stands in his way of achieving that goal. Jack and Stevenson are both known to be strong punchers at 175 pounds and with the WBC title on the line, Jack promises that their encounter will be an explosive one.
“In a way, yeah, I think it’s my biggest fight. Adonis is going to be my toughest opponent to date. He’s been at the top of the division for a long time and he hasn’t been tested in his last few fights. I can promise you that the two of us are going to be hitting each other with everything and it’s going to be fireworks.”
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