Super-middleweight contender Badou Jack is ready to pick himself up and dust himself down after suffering a shock first defeat in February, just as he stood on the verge of a world title final eliminator.
The Swedish-born Mayweather Promotions fighter was stopped in the first round of his stay-busy clash with Derek Edwards at the Turning Stone as a WBC mandatory bout with Briton James DeGale waited in the wings.
Jack, 30, is now hoping to seal a summer comeback to get himself back on track and told WBN that a rematch with Edwards would be the ideal way to erase the hurtful memory of his maiden professional loss.
“At the moment we have no date scheduled, but I’ll probably fight in July,” Jack stated to World Boxing News.
“We will have to see what my team comes up with, but I would love a rematch with Derek Edwards if we can make it happen.”
With potential opponent DeGale just one victory away from fighting the winner of the massive unification grudge match between Carl Froch and George Groves on May 31, Jack is left wondering what might have been as he begins to rebuild for the future.
Asked how he saw this year’s biggest 168lb encounter turning out, along with DeGale’s own test against Brandon Gonzales, Jack answered: “In my opinion the DeGale v Gonzales fight is 50/50, you just can’t call it,” he said.
“On the Froch v Groves rematch though I’d say Groves to win. With both fighters hurt before, anything is possible in boxing, but I think the fight will go the distance with Groves coming out on top,” added Jack.
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