Jack Hungry For Win In Return
With Jean Pascal’s WBA light heavyweight championship hanging in the balance, Badou Jack is aiming to put himself on the top of his division.
Both veteran fighters return to action with a similar last opponent in Marcus Browne, who Pascal dethroned for the WBA crown back in August, and Jack fell to in a 2018 scrap that saw the fighter suffer a massive cut down the center of his face.
“Mentally I’m better than I’ve ever been. I’m hungrier and I feel like I did the first time I fought for the title. I’m always hungry, but I’m really excited for this fight. Sometimes losses make you better. My first loss was an accident, and I became better because of it. The loss to Marcus Browne, it wasn’t the fairest loss, but it’s made me even hungrier. I’m going to go out there and win the fight no matter what,” Jack said of Pascal, who beat Browne via technical decision after their fight was stopped in the seventh round.
“People have written Pascal off a couple of times and he always came back. He’s a throwback fighter who definitely knows how to fight. He brings it every time. He’s got more mileage than me, but I can’t overlook a guy like him. I’m ready to do whatever it takes to win the fight. I feel 100% physically. The cut was cleared in March, and we’re way past that. I’ve been ready physically and this camp has proved that to me and my whole team.
“Pascal and I sparred before but it was a long time ago and sparring is way different than a real fight,” Jack continued. “I’ve fought bigger punchers, but you have to respect the power of anyone in the ring. Anything can happen. You can get caught by someone who’s not a puncher.”
“I know that I have a lot left to give this sport. I feel like I’m young for my age. The break between fights and bouncing back from a loss have made me more motivated than ever. I’m ready to go in and give the best performance of my career.”
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