Former world champion Badou Jack “The Ripper” is set to challenge 175-pound title-holder Nathan Cleverly in his debut at light heavyweight on the Floyd Mayweather v Conor McGregor undercard.
The ex-WBC ruler at 168 pounds attempts to become a two-weight ruler and sees Cleverly as the key to becoming a major player at the higher weight.
“Everything is great in training camp. I’ve been in training for about seven weeks getting ready for this matchup. I’m excited and happy to be a part of such a big event,” said Jack.
“I think this weight is going to be better for me. I’m going to have more power. I’ll be more athletic and style-wise I prefer to fight bigger guys. I can use my speed, but I also like to go inside and break my opponent down. It’s harder if I have to chase them, but the big guys are going to be right there.
“Cleverly has a high work rate and he’s very tough. He’s going to come to fight. That’s what we want. It’s a good first fight for me at this weight.
“I’m excited to work hard these next two weeks and get to fight night. He’s been in some good fights but I’m different than anyone he’s faced. I’ll show how my skills translate to light heavyweight.
“It’s really a blessing to be in this position. I’m happy because a lot of other fighters don’t get to be on this stage. I’m so thankful to my whole team. I won’t let the fans down and on August 26, I’m coming to steal the show.
“I’ve done everything right to get to this point. It’s an honor to be in this position. I just have to take care of business,” he added.
Jack last fought when drawing with James DeGale before turning down a rematch with the IBF champion and vacating his green and gold belt.