Badou Johannes Gabriel Jack is a Swedish professional boxer. He held the WBC super-middleweight title from 2015 to 2017 and the WBA light-heavyweight title in 2017. He represented The Gambia at the 2008 Olympics, reaching the first round of the middleweight bracket.
About Badou Jack in brief
Badou Johannes Gabriel Jack is a Swedish professional boxer. He held the WBC super-middleweight title from 2015 to 2017 and the WBA light-heavyweight title in 2017. As an amateur he represented The Gambia at the 2008 Olympics, reaching the first round of the middleweight bracket. Jack started his professional career in his native Sweden where he won his debut fight by unanimous decision on 6 June 2009. In 2011 and 2012 Jack would fight and win 6 times, 4 by TKO and 2 by decision. On 17 February 2015 it was announced that Jack would be challenging Anthony Dirrell for his super middleweight championship. Jack’s next fight was due to take place on 12 December 2014 against Mexican boxer Francisco Sierra at the Alamodome in San Antonio, Texas. Erislandy Lara vs. Ishe Smith Sierra gained 20 pounds between the weigh-in and the start of the fight, coming into the ring at 192 pounds. The referee stopped the fight at 1:58, giving Jack a 58th-round TKO win. Jack was spotted by Floyd Mayweather in a sparring session opposite Andre Dirrell. Mayweather was impressed and quickly signed Jack to Mayweather Promotions and to his team. Jack would move to the United States in 2010 to train with Shannon Briggs and eventually sign with Lou DiBella and the Warrior Boxing Promotions in 2011, bringing his 5–0 record over to the states. He won Sweden’s national championship five years in a row, 2004–2008, 4 times at middleweight and once at light heavyweight.
In 2007, Jack was named the boxer of the year by the Swedish Boxing Federation. In his last national championship in 2008 he defeated fellow rising star Erik Skoglund in the finals. He represented Sweden at light- heavyweight before changing to Gambia, where he qualified for the 2008 Games. He lost in the firstround to India’s Vijender Singh. On 2 February 2013 he defeated Jonel Tapia by knockout in thefirst round. On 4 May 2013 Jack took on Michael Gbenga and won by T KO from a body shot in round 3. On 28 February 2014 Jack fought Derek Edwards and lost for the first time after being stopped by KOTKO in theFirst round. Jack won the fight by unanimous decision 100–90, 98– 92, and 98–92. After 10 rounds the fight was scored as a majority draw, In his next fight he took on Rogelio Medina on 6 December 2013, He won theFight by Tko after scoring 3 knockdowns in round 6. The biggest win came against fellow undefeated, 17-0, prospect Alexander Brand on 11 May 2012 by and eight-round split decision 77–75, 77– 75, and 75–77. The next fight came in February 2014 when he fought Jason Escalera at the Palms Casino and Resort, Pearl Theater in Las Vegas, Nevada, and won unanimously by unanimous decision 100-90, 100-91, and 99–91.