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|Height||6 ft 1 in|
31 October 1983 |
|Wins by KO||17|
Badou Jack (born 31 October 1983) is a Gambian-Swedish professional boxer.
Jack began his amateur boxing career in 2001 at the age of 18. He held a record of 150 wins and 25 losses. He won Sweden's national championship five years in a row, 2004–2008, 4 times at middleweight and once at light heavyweight. Jack boxed for Djurgårdens IF. 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.
At the 2nd AIBA African 2008 Olympic Qualifying Tournament he breezed through the competition to win; the final was a shutout win over DR Congo's Herry Saliku Biembe. Jack qualified for the 2008 Olympics for Gambia in the middleweight division, and was the nation's flag bearer at the Opening Ceremonies. He lost in the first round to India's Vijender Singh.
Jack started his professional career in his native Sweden where he won his debut fight by unanimous decision on 6 June 2009. His next four fights were contested in Sweden and Finland, with Jack winning each by KO/TKO, two in the first round.
Following his success, Jack was spotted by Floyd Mayweather in a sparring session in opposite Andre Dirrell. Mayweather was impressed and quickly signed Jack to Mayweather Promotions and to his team. On 2 February 2013 he defeated Jonel Tapia by knockout in the first round. Three weeks later he fought Don Mouton 23 February 2013 and won by unanimous decision (78–74 on all scorecards). On 4 May 2013 Jack took on Michael Gbenga and won by TKO from a body shot in round 3. Jack fought Farah Ennis on 19 July 2013. Jack won the fight by unanimous decision 100–90, 98–92, and 98–92.
In his first title fight, Jack challenged Marco Antonio Periban for the NABF super middleweight championship on 12 September 2013. 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 the fight by TKO after scoring 3 knockdowns in round 6.
On 17 February 2015 it was announced that Jack would be challenging undefeated Anthony Dirrell (27–0–1, 22 KOs) for his WBC super middleweight championship. As a voluntary defence, Jack was given little chance, most thinking that he would be knocked out. The fight took place on 24 April at the UIC Pavilion in Chicago, Illinois. Jack upset the boxing world by defeating Dirrell via majority decision 116–112, 115–113, and 114–114, taking more and more control of the fight as it went on and exposing the champions inability to fight on the inside. After the fight, Jack said, "I was in great shape and I believed in myself. All that talk don't matter. I knew they couldn't rob me. I thought I clearly won. It was a tough start to my career, but now, I'm a world champ."
On 17 June 2015 it was announced that Jack would make his first defence against mandatory challenger George Groves (21–2, 16 KOs) on 22 August in Las Vegas. This fight was Groves' third world title challenge, having lost back to back challenges against then world champion Carl Froch in 2013 and 2014 respectively. Jack was once again the underdog. Jack upset the odds again, defeating Groves. He dropped Groves in the first round and remained in control of the fight as it went on, making effective use of his body punches especially. He was victorious via split decision 115–112, 116–111, and 113–114. Groves felt as though he did enough to win and said, "Losing a world title fight is the worst feeling in the world."
Throughout his career Jack has held world titles in three weight classes, including the WBC cruiserweight title since February 2023, the WBC super-middleweight title from 2015 to 2017, and the WBA light-heavyweight title in 2017 (promoted from WBA (Regular) Champion).
Jack is a close friend of the Swedish actor Joel Kinnaman. He has helped Kinnaman physically prepare for roles in Robocop and Suicide Squad.
Professional boxing record
|34 fights||28 wins||3 losses|
|34||Win||28–3–3||Ilunga Makabu||TKO||12 (12), 0:54||26 Feb 2023||Diriyah Arena, Diriyah, Saudi Arabia||Won WBC cruiserweight title|
|33||Win||27–3–3||Richard Rivera||SD||10||20 Aug 2022||King Abdullah Sports City, Jeddah, Saudi Arabia|
|32||Win||26–3–3||Hany Atiyo||KO||1 (10), 0:45||21 May 2022||Etihad Arena, Abu Dhabi, UAE|
|31||Win||25–3–3||Samuel Crossed||KO||2 (10), 2:20||26 Nov 2021||Motospace Dubai Investment Park, Dubai, UAE|
|30||Win||24–3–3||Dervin Colina||TKO||4 (10), 2:46||6 Jun 2021||Hard Rock Stadium, Miami Gardens, Florida, US|
|29||Win||23–3–3||Blake McKernan||UD||8||28 Nov 2020||Staples Center, Los Angeles, California, US|
|28||Loss||22–3–3||Jean Pascal||SD||12||28 Dec 2019||State Farm Arena, Atlanta, Georgia, US||For WBA (Regular) and WBC Silver light-heavyweight titles|
|27||Loss||22–2–3||Marcus Browne||UD||12||19 Jan 2019||MGM Grand Garden Arena, Paradise, Nevada, US||For vacant WBA interim and WBC Silver light-heavyweight titles|
|26||Draw||22–1–3||Adonis Stevenson||MD||12||19 May 2018||Air Canada Centre, Toronto, Ontario, Canada||For WBC light-heavyweight title|
|25||Win||22–1–2||Nathan Cleverly||TKO||5 (12), 2:47||26 Aug 2017||T-Mobile Arena, Paradise, Nevada, US||Won WBA (Regular) light-heavyweight title|
|24||Draw||21–1–2||James DeGale||MD||12||14 Jan 2017||Barclays Center, New York City, New York, US||Retained WBC super-middleweight title;
For IBF, and vacant The Ring super-middleweight titles
|23||Win||21–1–1||Lucian Bute||DQ||12||30 Apr 2016||DC Armory, Washington, DC, US||Retained WBC super-middleweight title;
Originally an MD, later ruled a DQ after Bute failed a drug test
|22||Win||20–1–1||George Groves||SD||12||12 Sep 2015||MGM Grand Garden Arena, Paradise, Nevada, US||Retained WBC super-middleweight title|
|21||Win||19–1–1||Anthony Dirrell||MD||12||24 Apr 2015||UIC Pavilion, Chicago, Illinois, US||Won WBC super-middleweight title|
|20||Win||18–1–1||Francisco Sierra||TKO||6 (10), 1:58||12 Dec 2014||Alamodome, San Antonio, Texas, US|
|19||Win||17–1–1||Jason Escalera||UD||10||30 Aug 2014||Pearl Concert Theater, Paradise, Nevada, US|
|18||Loss||16–1–1||Derek Edwards||TKO||1 (10), 1:01||28 Feb 2014||Turning Stone Resort Casino, Verona, New York, US|
|17||Win||16–0–1||Rogelio Medina||TKO||6 (10), 2:30||6 Dec 2013||Little Creek Casino Resort, Shelton, Washington, US|
|16||Draw||15–0–1||Marco Antonio Peribán||MD||10||12 Sep 2013||MGM Grand Marquee Ballroom, Paradise, Nevada, US||For WBC-NABF super-middleweight title|
|15||Win||15–0||Farah Ennis||UD||10||19 Jul 2013||The Joint, Paradise, Nevada, US|
|14||Win||14–0||Michael Gbenga||KO||3 (8), 2:26||4 May 2013||MGM Grand Garden Arena, Paradise, Nevada, US|
|13||Win||13–0||Don Mouton||UD||8||23 Feb 2013||Masonic Temple, Detroit, Michigan, US|
|12||Win||12–0||Jonel Tapia||KO||1 (8), 1:47||2 Feb 2013||Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas, Paradise, Nevada, US|
|11||Win||11–0||Alexander Brand||SD||8||11 May 2012||Texas Station, North Las Vegas, Nevada, US|
|10||Win||10–0||Grover Young||UD||6||7 Mar 2012||B.B. King Blues Club & Grill, New York City, New York, US|
|9||Win||9–0||Adam Collins||TKO||1 (6), 2:28||25 Dec 2011||Mandalay Bay Islander Ballroom, Paradise, Nevada, US|
|8||Win||8–0||Eddie Caminero||TKO||5 (6), 1:47||21 Oct 2011||Foxwoods Resort Casino, Ledyard, Connecticut, US|
|7||Win||7–0||Timothy Hall Jr.||TKO||2 (4), 1:31||29 Jul 2011||Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas, Paradise, Nevada, US|
|6||Win||6–0||Hajro Sujak||TKO||5 (6)||4 Jun 2011||Boardwalk Hall, Atlantic City, New Jersey, US|
|5||Win||5–0||Aliaksandr Paluyanau||TKO||3 (4)||10 Sep 2010||Baltiska hallen, Malmö, Sweden|
|4||Win||4–0||Aleksandrs Taputs||TKO||1 (4), 2:28||14 Nov 2009||Maapohjahalli, Vaasa, Finland|
|3||Win||3–0||Vadim Chromych||TKO||3 (4)||4 Sep 2009||Löfbergs Arena, Karlstad, Sweden|
|2||Win||2–0||Dmitry Gavrilov||KO||1 (4), 0:47||8 Aug 2009||Ulvila, Finland|
|1||Win||1–0||Maxim Nikonorov||UD||4||6 Jun 2009||Sporthall, Tidaholm, Sweden|
In Spanish: Badou Jack para niños
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