WBC Super-middleweight champion Badou Jack sees a tough fight ahead of him this weekend when the US-based Swede defends his green and gold belt against James DeGale in Brooklyn, New York.
The Mayweather protégé has full belief in his ability to unify the 168 pound division at the Barclays Center and sees ring smarts as the key to nullifying the offense of the talented Olympic gold medallist.
“The guy that wants it the most and whoever is the smartest in the ring will be the winner. I plan on being both,” explained Jack.
“I know DeGale wants to be great too. He’s going into people’s backyards and searching for glory. But I can’t speak for him. All I can do is speak with my actions.
“I’m not expecting an easy fight. I’ve been the underdog before. People have written me off forever. It’s nothing new to me. DeGale is a good fighter, but I believe in myself.
“I’m going to have a good jab, use my range and be smart in there. I think my skillset can take away any advantage he thinks he has. Timing kills speed.
“His awkward style can make him tough to fight. He’s not by the book. He’s not very technical but he’s an excellent fighter. I don’t want any excuses from him when I beat him,” he added.
The winner of Saturday night’s contest is set to be recognized as top dog in a category full of upcoming prospects and will be obliged to put the belt on the line against mandatory Callum Smith straight away.