Badou Jack: I Want To Fight a Racist, a Scumbag - Maybe Kovalev

Badou Jack (22-1-2, 13 KOs) is looking for the biggest fight possible at 175-pounds.

Earlier this year, Jack fought to a competitive and exciting twelve round draw with James DeGale in their WBC, IBF super middleweight unification at Barclays Center in Brooklyn.

After that fight, Jack vacated the WBC title and moved up to light heavyweight to pursue another world title.


Jack made his debut at 175-pounds back in August, when he battered and stopped Nathan Cleverly to capture the WBA's "regular" title at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, as part of the Floyd Mayweather vs. Conor McGregor undercard.

There are plenty of names on Jack's list of potential opponents at the new weight.

One of those names is former unified champion Sergey Kovalev (30-2-1, 26 KOs), who returns to the ring in November against Vyacheslav Shabranskyy (19-1) in New York City.

During a tour of the Middle East, Jack was recently asked about who he wants to fight at the moment - and WBC champion Adonis Stevenson is at the top of his list. But Kovalev may be coming in at second. 

Adonis obviously. Maybe someone we don’t like. A racist fighter? A scumbag, Kovalev has made some racist comments so maybe him," Jack told Sport 360.

Several fighters at 175 - like Jean Pascal, Andre Ward and Stevenson - have accused Kovalev of making statements that were racial in nature. But the Russian boxer has always denied their allegations, stating that he simply made jokes that were misinterpreted.

Despite his accomplishments in the last few years, Jack believes that he's still being overlooked and not widely viewed as one of the best fighters out there.

“I like it that they’re overlooking me still. That means there is no pressure on me when I step in the ring,” Jack says. “People will realise that I’m the real deal. I’ve fought five world champions in a row; Dirrell, George Groves – he wasn’t a champion when we fought but he is now – Lucian Bute was a former world champ, DeGale is a world champion and an Olympic gold medallist, and Cleverly was a two-time champion.

“I fought them back-to-back, not even the superstars, Triple G (Gennady Golovkin) or Canelo (Saul Alvarez), have fought the calibre I have back-to-back like that. I’m going to continue like that.”

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