Badou began his amateur boxing career at 18 years old, going on to collect 150 wins and 25 losses. He won the Swedish national championship five years in a row (four times at middleweight and once at light heavyweight), and he represented Sweden in the 2008 Olympics in Beijing.
Badou made his professional boxing debut in June 2009, going unbeaten in 17 bouts before suffering his first defeat. Jack defeated Anthony Dirrell to win the WBC Super Middleweight Championship. After retaining the title against George Groves and Lucian Bute, Jack fought James DeGale with his title, as well as the IBF Super Middleweight Championship on the line. That bout went to a draw.
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