Badou Jack Calls Kovalev Racist
Badou Jack made his debut in the 175-pounds weight class back in August, when he battered and stopped Nathan Cleverly to capture the WBA’s “regular” title, as part of the Floyd Mayweather vs. Conor McGregor undercard.
Following the fight, Jack has been building a list of potential opponents at the new weight.
One of those names is former unified champion Sergey Kovalev, who returns to the ring in November against Vyacheslav Shabranskyy.
Amid a recent tour of the Middle East, Jack was asked about who he’d want in the ring next, and WBC champion
“Adonis [Stevenson] obviously. Maybe someone we don’t like. A racist fighter? A scumbag, Kovalev has made some racist comments so maybe him.”
Several fighters at 175 including, Jean Pascal, Andre Ward and Stevenson, have accused Kovalev of racially insensitive comments. The Russian boxer has always denied their allegations, stating that he simply made jokes that were misinterpreted.
Despite a top notch record the past few years, Jack believes that he’s still being overlooked.
“I like it that they’re overlooking me still. That means there is no pressure on me when I step in the ring… People will realist that I’m the real deal. I’ve fought five world champions in a row; Dirrell, George Groves – he wasn’t a champion when we fought but he is now – Lucian Bute was a former world champ, DeGale is a world champion and an Olympic gold medalist, and Cleverly was a two-time champion.”
“I fought them back-to-back, not even the superstars, Triple G (Gennady Golovkin) or Canelo (Saul Alvarez), have fought the caliber I have back-to-back like that. I’m going to continue like that.”