54 Facts About Badou Jack


Badou Jack was born on 31 October 1983 and is a Gambian-Swedish professional boxer.


Badou Jack has won world titles in three weight classes, including the WBC cruiserweight title since February 2023, the WBC super-middleweight title from 2015 to 2017, and the WBA light-heavyweight title in 2017.


Badou Jack held a record of 150 wins and 25 losses.


In 2007, Badou Jack was named the boxer of the year by the Swedish Boxing Federation.


Badou Jack represented Sweden at light-heavyweight before changing to Gambia, where he qualified for the 2008 Games.


Badou Jack lost in the first round to India's Vijender Singh.


Badou Jack started his professional career in his native Sweden where he won his debut fight by unanimous decision on 6 June 2009.


In 2009, Badou Jack met former heavyweight champion Shannon Briggs at a Swedish boxing event, held in honor of the Swedish boxing legend Ingemar Johansson, where Badou Jack was fighting and Briggs was brought in as a guest.


On 4 May 2013 Badou Jack took on Michael Gbenga and won by TKO from a body shot in round 3.


Badou Jack won the fight by TKO after scoring 3 knockdowns in round 6.


On 28 February 2014 Badou Jack fought Derek Edwards and lost for the first time after being stopped by TKO in the first round.


Badou Jack's next fight was due to take place on 12 December 2014 against Mexican boxer Francisco Sierra at the Alamodome in San Antonio, Texas on the undercard of Erislandy Lara vs Ishe Smith.


On 17 February 2015 it was announced that Badou Jack would be challenging undefeated Anthony Dirrell for his WBC super middleweight championship.


On 17 June 2015 it was announced that Badou Jack would make his first defence against mandatory challenger George Groves on 22 August in Las Vegas.


Badou Jack dropped Groves in the first round and remained in control of the fight as it went on, making effective use of his body punches especially.


Badou Jack was set to defend his title next against Julio Cesar Chavez Jr.


The draw was controversial since it appeared as Badou Jack had done enough to be handed the victory by all of the judges.


On 16 January 2017, the WBC ordered negotiations to begin for Badou Jack to make a mandatory defence against British boxer Callum Smith.


Badou Jack won the WBA title on his light heavyweight debut via stoppage victory in round five.


In round four, Badou Jack piled the pressure on Cleverly, who left himself open and ended up with a bloodied nose.


The end came with Cleverly against the ropes and Badou Jack pounding him with combinations.


At the time of stoppage, Badou Jack had landed 172 punches of 442 thrown, while Cleverly, who threw 409, only landed 82 punches.


Badou Jack received a base purse of $750,000 and Cleverly earned $100,000.


Badou Jack revealed the fight would take place in Quebec.


Badou Jack responded to claims of Jack wanting to fight Stevenson, saying it would only be possible if it were a unification.


Yvon Michel admitted he was working on a deal to keep Alvarez happy and this was the same reason as to why tickets had not yet gone on sale for the Stevenson-Badou Jack fight, which was a month away.


Stevenson and Badou Jack fought to a majority draw in a competitive bout.


Stevenson carried the momentum into round eleven but it was Badou Jack who finished the fight stronger.


Badou Jack later explained Stevenson's cup was low, hence why the shots looked like low blows.


In November 2018, speaking to Swedish news agency TT, Badou Jack revealed he would not fight again in the year and would likely return in early January 2019.


Light heavyweight upcomer Marcus Browne called out Badou Jack to fight him in what was an 'open division' as both traded words on Instagram.


Badou Jack went on to explain that he did not turn down a fight against Bivol in 2018.


Badou Jack was excited with the opportunity of fighting his first big name on his way to becoming a household name.


Browne used his youth, speed and power advantage to pound out a one-sided twelve round unanimous decision win over Badou Jack, who suffered a horrendous cut on his forehead in round seven.


The head clash seemed to be initiated by Badou Jack, who according to Browne, was coming forward with his head all fight.


Badou Jack had his best round in round twelve, as he attacked Browne hard in landing some nice shots.


At this point, Badou Jack needed a knockout, but was not able to hurt Browne.


Badou Jack lacked the power, and had taken so much punishment.


Badou Jack thought he would take me deep in the rounds and drown me but I came in shape.


Badou Jack received $500,000 and Browne was guaranteed a $250,000 purse.


However, Badou Jack found his way back into the fight, using his jab and body punches to render damage to his opponent and win rounds.


Badou Jack stated that he would like make a permanent move to cruiserweight later in the future.


Badou Jack had a dominant performance, winning the 8-round bout by a lopsided unanimous decision.


Badou Jack responded to the news by labeling Pascal a "scumbag cheater".


Badou Jack dropped his opponent three times in the fourth round, forcing the referee to halt the contest, with Badou Jack being declared the winner by fourth-round technical knockout.


Badou Jack faced Samuel Crossed in a stay-busy fight on 26 November 2021, at the Motospace Dubai Investment Park in Dubai.


Badou Jack entered the fight as an overwhelming -4000 favorite, while most odds-makers had Crossed as a +1100 underdog.


Badou Jack won the second cruiserweight fight of his career by a second-round knockout.


Badou Jack was then pitted against unbeaten Richard Rivera on the undercard of Oleksandr Usyk vs Anthony Joshua II on 20 August 2022.


Badou Jack then challenged Ilunga Makabu for the WBC cruiserweight title on the undercard of Jake Paul vs Tommy Fury on 26 February 2023.


Badou Jack was born to a Gambian father and a Swedish mother.


Badou Jack was raised in his father's religion of Islam and still adheres to it to this day.


Badou Jack is a close friend of the Swedish actor Joel Kinnaman.


Badou Jack has helped Kinnaman physically prepare for roles in Robocop and Suicide Squad.