Badou Jack: Our choice for James DeGale is the US, hopefully in May
Highly-ranked super-middleweight Badou Jack is patiently awaiting movement on his ordered WBC eliminator with Olympic gold medallist James DeGale, although is not looking to take any offers for the fight to happen in the UK.
Jack, who is signed to Floyd Mayweather’s TMT Promotions, has already been offered a March 1 date by DeGale’s promoter Mick Hennessy, but believes a deal can be reached for a more high-profile clash in America.
“We are not trying to fight in the UK as of right now, but I got the best team in the world behind me and they know what they’re doing,” Jack told World Boxing News.
“Our choice for the fight would be the US of course, but in the future I would love to fight in the UK because the have the best boxing fans in the world.”
The 30 year-old has amassed a 16-0-1 record since turning professional in his native Sweden in 2009 and has gradually made the grade by stepping up and earning himself a lucrative deal with Mayweather’s growing team in Las Vegas.
In the latest rankings released by the WBC, number three rated Jack and number two DeGale have been bypassed by former middleweight champion Julio Cesar Chavez Jr, although the move has raised no concern with ‘The Ripper’ over getting his shot.
“I saw those rankings yesterday and I just had a laugh about it,” he said. “I don’t think it will affect out eliminator fight as it was already order before the rankings came out.
“DeGale is solid opponent and it will be a great fight when it happens, but I am just letting Leonard Ellerbe and Floyd Mayweather handle the talking as my job is to just get ready in the gym.
“I believe this fight will happen. Why wouldn’t it? I’m ready to fight and I hopefully it can be done for May this year,” added Jack.
The current silver title holder, DeGale is yet to announce his opponent for his spring return, which will take place at the City Academy Sports Centre in Bristol, but with a massive fight with Jack in the pipeline, it may well just be a stay busy affair.
‘Chunky’ last fought when out-pointing Dyah Davis in Kent last November, but if Jack and his team have their way, DeGale will be fighting outside of his home country for the third time in his career later in the year.
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