Super middleweight world champion Badou Jack has endured a long road on the way to his highly anticipated super middleweight world championship unification showdown against James DeGale taking place Saturday, January 14 from Barclays Center in Brooklyn and live on SHOWTIME.
Jack comes from a unique background for a boxer but has persevered through the same struggles that professional fighters face every day. He’s faced obstacles that few are able to overcome and now, with a huge SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING main event looming, Jack is on the cusp of stardom.
Tickets for the live event, which is promoted by Mayweather Promotions and DiBella Entertainment, start at $25. Tickets are available now and can be purchased online by visiting www.ticketmaster.com, www.barclayscenter.com or by calling 1-800-745-3000. Tickets are also available at the American Express Box Office at Barclays Center. Group discounts are available by calling 844-BKLYN-GP.
Take a look below at some interesting facts that have led Jack to his January 14 showdown:
1. Jack was born in Sweden to a Swedish mother and Gambian father. He has
six siblings — two older sisters, two younger sisters and two younger brothers.
2. He started boxing on his own curiosity and has already gotten some of his
younger siblings interested in training. Professional boxing was banned in Sweden from 1969 through 2007
3. Began boxing in 2000 and took quickly to the sport before starting his
international amateur career.
4. Qualified for the 2008 Olympics for Gambia. He remains the only boxer to
ever represent the country in the Olympics and was the flag-bearer and one of three athletes to represent Gambia at the Beijing games.
5. Jack is the first Swedish-born man to hold a boxing world title since
Armand Krajnc held a middleweight title in 2001. The only other Swedish-born world champion was Ingemar Johansson, who famously won the heavyweight world title by knocking Floyd Patterson down seven times in one round on his way to a stoppage in 1959.
6. Came to the U.S. to pursue boxing after the Olympics and first began
training at Gleason’s Gym in Brooklyn.
7. Was discovered by former heavyweight world champion Shannon Briggs
and he temporarily moved to Miami to work with Briggs. He maintains a close relationship with Briggs today.
8. After moving to Las Vegas, Jack met Floyd Mayweather in 2012 while
sparring Andre Dirrell and eventually signed with Mayweather Promotions.
9. After winning his world title in 2015, he was a finalist for the Swedish
Athlete of the Year.
10. He traveled to Gambia earlier this year and last year, along with Ishe Smith,
to deliver training equipment and other donations to the country.
The SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING® doubleheader begins at 9:30 p.m. ET/6:30 p.m. PT with junior lightweight world champion Jose Pedraza taking on undefeated contender Gervonta Davis.