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Badou Jack on the Dubai boxing scene, leaving a legacy and more

Words by Nathan Irvine

Star power

One of the biggest names in boxing is about to step into the ring again in Dubai on November 26. At the Motospace Arena in Dubai Investment Parks, fans will get to see the great Badou Jack in action once again.

The Swedish former world champion - in two weight categories, no less - is lacing them up again. He's headlining a packed card that also features another former world champ in the shape of Rocky Fielding.

Ahead of the bout, which you can watch live on iFL TV, we caught up with Jack and find that despite being considered a veteran of the sport, the fire is still very much within him.

What do you think of the Dubai boxing scene?

I don’t know if I was one of the first, but I put on a show here in 2019, a big event, and now that’s continuing. The shows are getting better and better, and I’m excited to be a part of it, both as a boxer and promoter. The scene here is getting bigger and Dubai could eventually become the Las Vegas of the Middle East.

What opportunities do you see in the region for aspiring boxers?

This is the middle of the world and everybody, regardless of where they’re from, can come here easily. It has the money, and there is plenty of potential. Now it’s just about growing the interest in boxing and to do that we have to keep building. It’s not going to happen overnight. I think we just need to build and host more shows. If that happens, boxing will get bigger here and more opportunities will come for the fighters.

What goal would you like to accomplish before hanging up the gloves?

The main goal right now is to become a three-division world champion now I’m stepping up to cruiserweight. After that we’ll see. I just want to become a champion and have some more classic fights, both as a boxer and promoter. This upcoming fight will be my first in Dubai and I’m really looking forward to it. The venue, from what I hear, is very impressive. Hopefully it’s the first of many.

Which one fight from your career stands out the most and why?

There have been so many and there have been a lot where I was robbed. One of the best fights was with James DeGale, a unification fight in 2017. I thought I won but it was a draw. His career was over after that fight and mine was only getting going. I became a light-heavyweight champion in my next fight. I’ve fought on so many big shows, so it’s hard to say, but the first time I became a champion, against Anthony Dirrell, was obviously special because it was the first time. My match against Adonis Stevenson was another great fight, there have been so many it’s hard to choose.


Badou Jack headlines the D4G Boxing Fight Night on November 26 at the Motospace Arena, Dubai. Catch the action live on iFL TV.

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