Written By Bakari Simpson: As much as folks like to say the ‘best rarely fight the best,’ this adage is often debunked. There are a slew of fighters on the current landscape, who face the best available competition with regularity. One boxer of this ilk is WBA light heavyweight titlist Badou Jack aka The Ripper (22-1-2, 13 KO’s). The Sweden born pugilist is amongst the world’s finest fighters, although he does not believe that he gets his just due. Following a quick perusal of his resume, it is hard to deny the impressiveness of his body count.
Badou Jack began 2017 by waging a wonderful war with the loquacious and ever dangerous James DeGale. Staged in the Barclays Center, the sophisticated barroom brawl held the WBC and IBF super middleweight titles in the balance. The match was a furious, back and forth contest were neither competitor was willing to yield to the other. The bout was so intense that DeGale ultimate had a few teeth knocked out. In the end, the equally torn judges ruled the bout a majority draw. After this warfare Badou Jack vacated his WBC super middleweight strap and jumped up light heavyweight. There he fought, roughed up and took the WBA light heavyweight title from Nathan Cleverly.
Amongst current day fighters, Badou Jack has maintained an impressive consecutive list of dance partners. A fact that he none to bashfully highlighted in a recent interview.
Whether he feels under the radar or not, Jack is thirsty to secure another top-notch opponent. After assessing the line-up of top ranked combatants in his division, Badou has solidified whom he wants first and second. The skillful boxer was anything but timid in voicing this opinion.
“Adonis obviously. Maybe someone we don’t like. A racist fighter? A scumbag, Kovalev has made some racist comments so maybe him.” -Badou Jack
Badou was referring to the now many instances and accusations of racial insensitive comments and actions made by Kovalev. Either fight, with Kovalev or Adonis, would make for great action and meaningful bouts. Let’s hope they can be made!
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