168 or 175? DeGale Rematch or Naw? Catching Up With Badou Jack

The decision in a fight tells you, often, only part of the story.

Boxrec won’t tell you the quality of the super middleweight title unification bout Jan. 14 between Badou Jack, the Swedish born Las Vegan, and Brit Chunky DeGale at Barclays Center.

The action was rock solid, and though their records will reflect a “draw,” it was Jack, signed to Mayweather Promotions, whose stock ticked up more so after the scrap.

On fight night, I saw a tight fight, from press row, and upon further reflection, off the TV, I was even more impressed by Jack’s skill set.

The natural reaction to this tango was, Let them do it again.


Not so for Jack; in the days leading up to the faceoff, he’d told folks that win or lose, he would be leaving 168 and going to 175 after January 14.

Three weeks after for super middle mashup, I asked Jack if that declaration stood fast.

“Yes, I am going to 175. They are working on it,” Jack answered.

It goes without saying he was an A grade athlete on fight night. But, is it a case of it is just too draining to make 168? “Yeah, I’m too big for the weight class. Walk around at 195. Gonna be 34 this year. Time to move up!”

Makes sense from my perch then…

His promoter Floyd Mayweather had mentioned Andre Ward as a target at 175. Does Jack have anyone in his sights?

“All the champs,” Jack said.


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