Jack Moving up to 175, Calls Out Stevenson
Badou Jack proved a lot of doubters wrong on Saturday night, though he didn’t leave the ring a winner. Jack fought to a draw in a super-middleweight unification fight with James DeGale. After the fight, Jack shot down requests for a rematch by announcing that he will be moving to the light-heavyweight division.
Jack (20-1-3, 12 KOs) entered the fight with DeGale as the underdog but many believed he did enough to win the back-and-forth slugfest. He was dropped in the first round but came back to win many of the middle rounds with clean body work and hard shots. In the twelfth round Jack knocked DeGale down and had the Brit badly hurt for the last two minutes of the fight.
Jack’s promoter Floyd Mayweather disputed the decision after the fight, but said that Jack would not be fighting DeGale again. He has outgrown the 168-lb weight class and will be moving up to the light-heavyweight limit of 175 in his next fight.
According to Jack, he is ready to jump right up to the top of the division and take on WBC champion Adonis Stevenson.
“Yeah, I’m ready to fight him,” Jack said during the post-fight press conference.
Stevenson is one of the most hardest hitters in the sport, but that does not frighten Jack from facing him rather than an easier challenge as he moves up in weight.
According to Stevenson’s promoter Yvon Michel, he is in negotiations with Joe Smith Jr’s promoter to make a fight between Stevenson and Smith in April.
Mayweather still wants to make the fight between his fighter and Stevenson.
“Adonis Stevenson. We’re looking forward to a Badou Jack and an Adonis Stevenson fight,” Mayweather said.
While Jack might not get his wish and face Stevenson right away, he wants a challenge when he moves up to the light-heavyweight division.
“I want to fight the best,” he said. “I never want to be remembered as a cherry-picker. Give me the best guys. If I win, I win. If I lose, I lose. I want to be tested. I want the challenges. I want the big-money fights. I don’t care who’s in front of me.”