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Badou Jack: After DeGale, It's time To Move Up To 175

Badou Jack isn't looking past James DeGale. But he's already looking ahead at his boxing future.

The WBC super middleweight champion says he's covered all tracks to prepare for Saturday' title unification bout.  Said Jack to boxingscene.com:

"I’m excited. All the hard work is done. Now we’re just cruising. Staying active and keeping the weight down. That’s it." 

Keeping the weight down was Jack's main focus in this camp. He enlisted fitness guru Mackie Shilstone to ensure nothing goes wrong in Friday's weigh-ins. So far so good for Badou Jack but he admits making 168 has become difficult that he intends to move up to 175 after fighting DeGale. 

"Yes, it’s hard for me to make. For this fight, I’m working with Mackie Shilstone with nutrition. So this fight I’m going to make the weight, but normally I’m a pretty big guy. At 175, I want to go straight into a title fight, of course. I’ve got a tough fight ahead of me and it’s one fight at a time, but after that we go to 175. The future is definitely at 175."

The 175 pound division took centerstage last year when Andre Ward and Sergey Kovalev collided in one of the biggest and most controversial bout of 2016. Ward, the former super middleweight champion, erased Krusher's invincibility by getting up from a second round knockdown to edge Kovalev in the scorecards. While Ward now owns most of the belts, the WBC version is with Canadian Adonis Stevenson and the WBA regular title is with Britain's Nathan Cleverly. All three are big names and all three would certainly give Badou Jack big money fights. 

Jack further explained his intention to move up in weight class:

"After that, there’s really nobody that’s a big name or a big money fight or somebody that’s a top guy after that. So I think it’s time to move up to the next weight class. That’s where all the big names and the big money fights are. Absolutely."

But the task at hand is DeGale, the British Olympic gold medalist who's made it a habit to defend his IBF title overseas. Unlike Jack's previous opponents who 'underestimated' him, Badou points out that DeGale has shown him the respect he deserves as a fighter and champion. He then sized up his opponent:

"Obviously he’s done something right to become Olympic gold medalist and become a professional world champion. Obviously he’s doing something right. I know he’s very talented. Good movement. He moves well. He’s a very athletic guy, but we’ve got a game plan and I’m not worried about him." 

As for what happens on fight night, Badou Jack had these parting words:

"It’s hard to say. Anything can happen in the ring, so we’ll have to wait and see and adjust to the situation that’s in front of me. But everybody knows that I like to go to the body, so I’m definitely go to the body. But the plan is just to win the fight, no matter whether we’ve got to box on the outside or on the inside, if we’ve got to move, if we’ve got to pressure him. We’ve prepared for anything." 

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