On Saturday night January 30th, Yusaf “Mack Attack” Mack will take a big step towards realizing his dream in becoming world champion as he battles former World Light Heavyweight champion Glen Johnson in an IBF Light Heavyweight eliminator at The Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas.
The bout will be part of the big Shane Mosley – Andre Berto Welterweight unification card. Mack of Philadelphia has a record of 28-2-2 with seventeen knockouts and is undefeated at Light Heavyweight as he has amassed a record of 5-0 with three knockouts since moving to the 175 lb division on a full time basis.
Mack catapulted into the Light Heavyweight scene when he took a ten round unanimous decision from Daniel Judah (22-2-3) on June 4th, 2008 to capture the NABA Light Heavyweight title. He defended that title three months later when he stopped Omar Pittman (15-4-1) in six rounds in Philadelphia.
On February 6, 2009, Mack added the NABF Title when he defeated highly regarded and former world title Challenger Chris Henry via twelve round split decision in Salisbury, Maryland. In Mack’s last bout he took out another former world title challenger DeAndrey Abron (15-4) in four rounds on May 30th in Hollywood, Florida.
“I think Glen is a good fighter but he is passed his prime. He is old and I am the one that will put him into retirement“, said Mack “I am taking this because this is a big step for me and this will show the world that I am the next man in charge of the Light Heavyweight division.”
“I want to thank my promoter Lou DiBella for this shot and I will show the skills that I can beat the best out there” Johnson has a record of 49-13-2 with thirty-three knockouts was a three-time world title challenger before winning the IBF Light Heavyweight championship when he won a twelve round unanimous decision over Clinton Woods on February 6th, 2004.
Johnson sewed up the 2004 FIGHTER OF THE YEAR AWARD with wins over legendary Roy Jones Jr. (when he scored a memorable ninth round destruction over the former pound for pound king) and twelve round split decision over recognized Light Heavyweight champion, Antonio Tarver.
Johnson dropped a twelve round unanimous decision to Tarver just six months later. Johnson has received and lost three title opportunities (To Woods and two to Chad Dawson) and is coming off a twelve round unanimous decision to Chad Dawson on November 7th in Hartford, CT The winner of this fight will be the IBF Number-one ranked Light heavyweight and will be the mandatory challenger to IBF champ Tavoris Cloud.
Mack is managed by Rory Donadio and promoted by DiBella Entertainment