Andre Dirrell: “Badou Jack Is A Warrior, He Fights His Ass Off, That’s A Name I’m Looking For”
By: Hans Themistode
It was a quick night’s work for Andre Dirrell. After spending most of his 16-year career at the super middleweight division, the Flint Michigan native grew tired of squeezing down his 6’2 frame to the 168 pound limit for meager results.
With two failed attempts on the world title stage, Dirrell (28-3, 18 KOs) has seemingly found a home seven pounds north at the light heavyweight division. The now 37-year-old made it two in a row in his most recent trip to the ring as he easily got rid of journeymen Christopher Brooker at the Prudential Center.
Before the former IBF interim super middleweight titleholder was presented with a microphone to answer whom he wants next, he knew exactly what he wanted to say.
“I think Badou Jack is going up,” said Dirrell following his victory over Brooker. “But that’s a name I’m looking for.”
As previously mentioned by Dirrell, Jack (24-3-3, 14 KOs) is in fact contemplating a move up in weight. After winning world titles at both 168 and 175 pounds, the now 37-year-old has grown sick and tired of draining himself and instead, would like to move on to the cruiserweight division.
Recently, Jack made quick work of Dervin Colina at the Hard Rock Stadium in Miami Gardens on June 6th. Following the victory, Jack confirmed with BoxingInsider.com that he does fully intend on testing the waters at cruiserweight. With that said, he isn’t opposed to sticking around at 175 a bit longer if the right fight comes along.
The resume of Jack is littered with a who’s who of former champions including Jean Pascal, Adonis Stevenson, James DeGale, Lucian Bute and ironically enough, Anthony Dirrell, the younger brother of Andre.
Considering the impressive names he’s shared the ring with, Dirrell views a showdown between them as one he would be honored to participate in.
“He’s a fighter that has every test for me to possibly prove myself in that ring. Whether it’s for a championship or not. Badou Jack is a warrior, he fights his ass off. If I want to prove myself, I definitely want to do it with a fighter like that.”
Badou Jack vs Jean Pascal Rematch Officially Set To Take Place On Mayweather vs Paul Undercard
By: Hans Themistode
With Floyd Mayweather officially set to take on YouTube star Logan Paul in an exhibition contest on June 6th, at the Hard Rock Stadium in Miami, Florida, many have viewed the event as more of a spectacle. However, with the co-main event of their contest officially revealed, it appears as though real and significant boxing will take place on the night.
As first reported by Chris Mannix of Sports Illustrated, two former world champions in Badou Jack and Jean Pascal will meet in the co-main event to settle their long-lasting feud. The two originally met in December of 2019 at the State Farm Arena, in Atlanta. On the night, Jack worked his way back into the match after trailing early on the cards, mostly due to a fourth-round knockdown. Desperate to even the score, Jack came on strong in the second half, dropping Pascal in the 12th and final round.
Since then, Pascal (35-6-1, 20 KOs) has remained on the sidelines. Currently, he holds the WBA light heavyweight world title, thanks to his eighth-round technical decision win over Marcus Browne.
As for Jack (23-3-3, 13 KOs), the former two-division belt holder returned to the ring in November of 2020, against journeymen Blake McKernan. With no prior experience at the top level, Jack easily outworked and outmuscled McKernan over the course of eight rounds.
Since their prior meeting, both sides have gone back and forth over the end result of their showdown. Jack has always claimed that his hand should have been raised in victory when they originally met roughly one and a half years ago. With a chance to set the record straight, both men will look to put an end to their rivalry come June 6th.