1 February 2013

Gambia's Badou Jack Hoping for a Title Shot

Gambia's Super Middleweight boxing prospect Badou Jack will return to action Saturday after his sparring with light heavyweight champions Chad Dawson on February 2nd at the Cosmopolitan Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas.

Jack's last fight took place in May when he had less than a stellar split decision victory over Alexander Brand on ShoBox. But he told the Boxing scene that all of his skills will be on display on Saturday. "I'm planning on making a big statement and show the fans that 'The Ripper' is back and hungrier than ever. The fans are going to see a very exciting fight for as long as it lasts. I'm in great shape and can't wait to show my skills," the 29-year-old stated.

The Swedish-born Gambian, who has been sparring with light heavyweight Champion Dawson, said that after this fight he will be ready to face anyone in the division and hopes to get a title shot soon. "I am ready for whoever they put in front of me. I have sparred a lot with Chad Dawson for this fight so I'm more than ready for February 2nd. After this, I will be ready to fight for the title," he added.

Badou, born 31 October 1983 in Stockholm qualified for the 2008 Olympics for Gambia as a Middleweight. Jack was born to a Gambian father and Swedish mother. He began boxing in 2001 at the age of 18. In 2007, Jack was named the boxer of the year by the Swedish Boxing Federation. He represented Sweden at light-heavyweight before changing to Gambia, where he qualified for the 2008 Games.

At the 2nd AIBA African 2008 Olympic Qualifying Tournament he breezed through the competition to win; the final was a shutout win over DR Congo's Herry Saliku Biembe. At the Olympics he lost in the first round to India's Vijender Kumar.

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