Badou Jack Recounts Sparring With Eleider Alvarez in Olympics

By Ryan Burton

Early last month, Eleider Alvarez (24-0) pulled off a big upset when he stopped Sergey Kovalev (32-3-1) in 7 rounds in Atlantic City in a HBO televised main event. With the victory Alvarez became the WBO light heavyweight champion.

Alvarez, who was a big underdog and not pegged to win with a stoppage, dropped Kovalev three times before the contest was waved off by the referee. recently caught up with former two division champion Badou Jack to get his take on the ascension of Alvarez.


Jack, who has held world titles at 168 and 175 pounds, has sparred with Alvarez at two different stages of his career and praised the Colombian for his achievement.

"There are a lot of good fighters at 175. He isn't a new fighter. We went to the Olympics together in 2008. We sparred in the Olympics back then. We sparred (again) when I fought Dirrell in 2015," Jack told

As for who got the better of the sparring sessions, Jack was reserved with his comments stating that what happens in sparring doesn't always translate into the ring on fight night.

"Sparring don't count but I was a super middleweight back then and it was pretty easy for me. Sparring don't mean nothing. I am better in real fights than sparring but we will see," Jack stated.

The 34-year-old Jack last fought in May when he fought WBC light heavyweight champion Adonis Stevenson to a draw in Quebec.  The Mayweather Promotions' fighter expects to return to the ring before the end of the year.

For his part, Alvarez is heading to a rematch with Kovalev, which is expected to take place in the first quarter of next year.

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User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by landotter on 09-11-2018

[QUOTE=Boxing Logic;19086548]Jack had the belt, dropped it instead of fighting Bivol. Now Bivol has the belt, and Jack is the mandatory, so it should happen again, just with the roles reversed. When the roles were one way, jack didnt make…

Comment by landotter on 09-11-2018

I get trash talk, and I actually like Jack as he has always been focused on the moment and not all over the place. He is not a huge smack talker, doing just enough to get a few headlines for…

Comment by killakali on 09-10-2018

[QUOTE=THEFRESHBRAWLER;19087811]Lmaoo ok bro you never know what you’re talking about no disrespect. I’m about to prove you wrong once again[/QUOTE] from Mike Coppinger's article on Ring: Clad in a black and gray Reebok PlayDry top, Jack tore off his black…

Comment by killakali on 09-10-2018

[QUOTE=THEFRESHBRAWLER;19087811]Lmaoo ok bro you never know what you’re talking about no disrespect. I’m about to prove you wrong once again[/QUOTE] I am waiting. Dejuan Blake manages most of Floyd's stable. Haymon doesn't even need to sign them. If he wants…

Comment by THEFRESHBRAWLER on 09-10-2018

[QUOTE=killakali;19086831]wrong. He’s never been with Haymon. Most of Floyd’s guys arent with Haymon lol. Tank and j Leon Love are Haymon but Jack, Ishe Smith, Ronald Gavril, Andrew tabiti etc are all with Floyd’s cousin. That’s why u have never…

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