Jack Aims Run Through Light Heavyweight Champs
Already a two-division champion — including a brief reign as WBA (Regular) light heavyweight champion — Badou Jack is looking to expand his collection of gold.
Jack last competed in May against Adonis Stevenson, going to a draw in a bout that saw Stevenson’s WBC Light Heavyweight Championship on the line. Jack now looks at a return to the ring in early 2019 against Marcus Browne.
All of boxing’s 175-pound champions are expected to fight again soon as well. Stevenson is scheduled to defend his title against Oleksandr Gvozdyk on Dec. 1 during the Deontay Wilder vs. Tyson Fury undercard. WBA Light Heavyweight Champion Dmitry Bivol defends against Jean Pascal on Nov. 24 and WBO champion Eleider Alvarez has his rematch with former champion Sergey Kovalev in February.
IBF champion Artur Berterbiev recently defended his title against Callum Johnson last month and may defend again in February against Joe Smith, who has pulled off wins against Andrzej Fonfara and Bernard Hopkins in Hopkins’ final career bout.
“If I could choose I would take the rematch with Stevenson. And then, Alvarez, Bivol and Beterbiev,” Jack said. “But I wanna fight all of them in no particular order.”
Jack claimed the WBC Super Middleweight Title with a win over Andre Dirrell back in April 2015. He made three successful defenses — with wins over George Groves and Lucian Bute before a draw with James DeGale — before making the decision to try and jump up to light heavyweight.
“After the DeGale fight, I realized I was losing too much by staying at 168, so I asked for the Stevenson fight right, but Stevenson wasn’t interested,” Jack said. “So Cleverly called me out and I accepted, knowing I was going to be stronger and way more powerful at 175. I’m a naturally big guy and I’m feeling much more comfortable and faster at this weight. [Jack’s promoter] Floyd [Mayweather] told me that he could get the fight with Cleverly, but that I would have to vacate it right after I won it. Floyd said, ‘Don’t worry, I’m going to get you Stevenson, next.”
Jack ended up defeating Cleverly for the WBA (Regular) strap on the Mayweather vs. Conor McGregor pay-per-view card before quickly vacating the title the next month to pursue the Stevenson bout.
Jack makes it clear he aims mostly for a rematch with Stevenson, but he would settle with a WBA Title once again.
“I’m ranked No. 1 by the WBC and the WBA, so I’m the mandatory to fight the winner of Stevenson-Gvozdyk,” Jack said. “But I’ll fight either of those champions, Stevenson or Bivol, no problem.”
Original Story: Boxing Scene