The latest news in the boxing sphere is that Badou Jack has vacated his WBC super-middleweight title – days after drawing to James DeGale in a huge fight.
Badou Jack is set for a move up to light-heavyweight where he could face the likes of Andre Ward and Adonis Stevenson if he gets a world title shot. Badou Jack was a top level fighter at super-middleweight but will he be able to keep up that standard of boxing when he moves up in weight.
I think Jack is a great fighter and will handle the move up in weights well as his style of fighting is already involving heavy shots and that is what is needed when moving up in weights. Whereas at super-middleweight speed was just as important, as the weight gets higher so does the element of power. This is because as the weight increases so does the height and general build. This means that heavy shots are more required due to both fighters being stronger and being able to take heavier shots. Jack has the power to knockout most boxers at light-heavyweight and he could be world champion once again in the future.
Jack said before his fight with DeGale that he would rather move up and fight WBC light-heavyweight champion Adonis Stevenson over a rematch with James “Chunky” DeGale. Jack however did offer to fight DeGale in a rematch but only if it was at light-heavyweight. DeGale said no because he wants to keep his IBF title and not have to vacate as he would if fought at light-heavyweight. Jack would of had to have faced mandatory WBC challenger Callum Smith in his next bout if he wanted to keep his world title. Smith will now be offered a fight against Anthony Dirrell for Jack’s former WBC belt in his first title shot of his fight career.