Advertisement: IBO Boxing

Badou Jack Focused on Marcus Browne, Then Dmitry Bivol

By Lem Satterfield

Two-division champion Badou Jack, all things being even, prefers a fight with WBA titleholder Dmitry Bivol over counterparts Artur Beterbiev (IBF), Oleksandr Gvozdyk (WBC) or Eleider Alvarez (WBO) should he get beyond a January 19 clash with Sir” Marcus Browne for the WBA’s vacant interim title at the MGM Grand in his hometown of Las Vegas on Showtime Pay Per View.

Jack (22-1-2, 13 KOs) faces Browne (22-0, 16 KOs), a 28-year-old, Staten Island, New York, native and 2012 U.S. Olympian, on the undercard of a 147-pound defense by WBA “regular” champion Manny Pacquiao (60-7-2, 39 KOs) against four-division champion Adrien Broner (33-3-1, 24 KOs).

In his last fight in May, Jack battled through a grueling, toe-to-toe draw with the left-handed then WBC titlist Adonis Stevenson, a 41-year-old whose ninth defense happened before his partisan fans at Air Canada Center in Toronto, Canada.


Stevenson lost his 10th defense by 11th-round knockout last month to Gvozdyk (16-0, 12 KOs), and is recovering at L’Enfant-Jesus Hospital in Quebec City, Canada, from a brain injury suffered in that fight. Stevenson has reportedly begun speaking.

Alvarez (24-0, 12 KOs) scored a three-knockdown, seventh-round knockout to dethrone Sergey Kovalev (32-3-1, 28 KOs) in August. On the same card as Alvarez, Bivol (15-0,11 KOs) earned a unanimous decision over Isaac Chilemba.

In October, Beterbiev (13-0, 13-0) scored first- and final-round knockdowns but was dropped, himself, in the second of his fourth-round stoppage of Callum Johnson (17-1, 12 KOs), whose run of four straight knockouts, including three in the first round, was ended.

Bivol made his successful third defense against former titleholder Jean Pascal by unanimous decision in November, and Alvarez-Kovalev II is slated for February 2.

“That’s [Bivol] a fight that I really wanted, but right now, I’m thinking of Marcus Browne. That’s all of my focus. There are four champions ahead of us, so me beating [Browne] doesn’t really make me No. 1,” said Jack, 35.

“There are a lot of big names. Kovalev and Alvarez fight two weeks after me, so let’s see what happens. I’m willing to fight any one of the champions, but who I prefer is the one that pays me the most. If they will  all pay me the same, then it’s Dimitry Bivol. But like I’ve said, Marcus Browne is first.”

In his last four 168-pound bouts, Jack dethroned switch-hitting, previously unbeaten WBC champ Anthony Dirrell (April 2015) before defending his crown by split-decision over former titleholder George Groves (September 2015), disqualification against left-handed ex-titlist Lucian Bute (April 2016), and battling to a unification draw with ambidextrous IBF counterpart James DeGale (January 2016).

Jack then relinquished his super middleweight world championship to dethrone Nathan Cleverly as 175-pound titleholder in August 2017 by fifth-round knockout before vacating to challenge Stevenson.

“In all of those fights, I landed over a hundred more punches than my opponents," said Jack. "Most of them are not the same fighters after they’ve faced me. I just gotta make a statement [against Browne.] They [judges] are not going to do me no favors."

Jack is ranked No. 1 ahead of No. 2 Brown in the slots for the titles owned by Gvozdyk and Bivol, with Browne being rated No. 2 for that held by Alvarez.

 “I think [Bivol] is a good fighter and a good boxer, athletic. Everybody said he’s gonna knock this guy out, but those guys are not easy opponents. Chilemba’s a tough guy, Pascal’s a tough guy, and it’s not easy to knock everybody out,” said Jack.

“When you fight world class fighters, even if they’re past their primes, still, it’s a different story when you’re fighting veterans and tougher guys then when you’re a prospect and you fight opponents that you’re supposed to knock out. My las fights have been against world champions, and it’s a lot harder to knock guys like that out. But Bivol won most of the rounds against them anyway.”

Browne’s unanimous decision over Lenin Castillo (18-2-1, 13 KOs) in August ended the loser’s run of three consecutive knockouts. Browne surged last year with KO victories over left-handed title challenger Thomas Williams Jr. and previously unbeaten Seanie Monaghan in the sixth and second rounds.

Along with Browne’s first-round KO of former world titleholder Gabriel Campillo in September 2015, the stoppage of Williams marked his legitimacy as a potential champion.

In January, Browne’s first-round stoppage of Francy Ntetu at Brooklyn’s Barclays Center improved his mark to 12-0 with eight knockouts at the New York venue, and 13-0 with nine KOs in the state of New York.

“If Badou is victorious against Marcus Browne, he’s willing to fight any of the other champions. Any of them,” said Leonard Ellerbe, CEO of Mayweather Promotions.

“We’re willing to entertain any offers that are out there if he is able to get past Marcus Browne. Both of these guys are highly ranked across the board, and Badou is always willing and ready and available.”

User Comments and Feedback
Comment by The3 on 01-05-2019

Dmitry Bivol now, wasn't this a WBC eliminator? I guess they going after Bivol because his still a free agent with no tv network

Comment by Douché Williams on 01-05-2019

[QUOTE=Boxing Logic;19407045]Bivol vs Jack would be a good fight[/QUOTE] Hope it's not just talk.

Comment by Kiowhatta on 01-05-2019

That sounds like a great plan. 2019 ought to the year when all of the belt holders at 175 fight at least one top five-top ten name/recognised fighter. I like both Jack and Bivol, so either way, I'll be happy…

Comment by hitmanjosh on 01-04-2019

He has more wins against woman than almost any active fighter today so advantage to Badou!

Comment by jas on 01-04-2019

Jack is a testament to the sport

Top Headlines
Umar Salamov Inks Promotional Pact With Top Rank Froch: Tyson Fury Rematch is Dangerous For Deontay Wilder Warren: Fury Would Be Massive Odds-On Favorite Over Joshua Khan: No Reason For Fury-Wilder 3 - But It Would Still Sell Fury: Wilder Was Definitely An Improved Fighter In Rematch Wilder: Fury Fought As Dirty As Possible, But Bayless Let Him Get Away With It Bill Haney: Devin Can't Get Fights At 135; Going To 140 For Mikey Garcia Jessie Vargas on Facing Mikey Garcia: It's My Time To Shine! Marcel Braithwaite To Return From Defeat, March 14 In Liverpool Hearn: Whyte Could Be Mandatory To Fury-Joshua Winner Fury's Father: Joshua Frightened, Will Retire Before Facing Tyson Jessie Vargas Grinds Hard For Mikey Garcia Clash Fury vs. Joshua is The Next Mega-Event: Taking a Look Back Amir Khan: Tyson Fury is #1 Heavyweight, Would Beat Joshua Berinchik, Bursak, Beselia, Mitrofanov Win in Kiev Julio Cesar Chavez in Top Form For Jorge Arce Exhibition James Wilkins Signs With Golden Boy, Eyes Springtime Return Abdukakhorov-Lipinets Interim Title Fight Targeted For May 16 Wilder: Breland Influenced To Throw Towel By Anthony Dirrell, Who's Trained By 'Sugar' Hill Prograis-Hooker, Fortuna-Campbell Double Set For April 17 in Oxon Hill Martinez-Harris Face-Off, Parker & Yafai Hit Texas Mikey Garcia, Jessie Vargas - Face-Off as Fight Week Starts Wilder Will Exercise Rematch Clause, Says Costume Weakened Legs Canelo Alvarez To Decide May Opponent Shortly, Says Hearn Wallin To Fury: I Want a Rematch, I'll Finish What I Started! Tyson Fury's Father Would Like To See Him Retire, Visit White House Keith Hunter To Face Rakhmanov on ShoBox, Hawkins is Out News: Ruben Torres, Jeremiah Milton, Davtaev, Flores vs. Frank Andre Ward Feels Wilder Should Not Do Trilogy, Explains Why Euro News: Zeuge-De Carolis, Tatli-Cecilia, Frida Wallberg, More DAZN To Celebrate Mayweather's Birthday With Eight-Hour Fight Block Hearn: Fury Will Beat Wilder Again, Joshua Will Knock Pulev Out Azat Hovhannisyan Signs New Promotional Deal With Golden Boy Sergey Kovalev Arrested For DUI in Los Angeles Whyte: Wilder Got Destroyed, Proper Beaten Up, I Was Happy! Matchroom Italy Card, On Feb. 28, Postponed Due To Coronavirus Stevie & Aaron McKenna Join Freddie Roach At Wild Card Tyson Fury: No Problems With What Bayless Did; He Did A Fair Job Frank Warren: Joshua Should Vacate Belts, Get It On With Fury Tyson Fury-Deontay Wilder II: Afterthoughts
Latest Forum Threads