Badou Jack vacates WBC super middleweight title

DeGale vs Jack

The WBC have received official notification from their super middleweight champion, Badou Jack, that he intends to vacate his title and move up to the light heavyweight division.

Wishing Jack, all the best in his future endeavours, the WBC said:

“The WBC is extremely proud of Badou Jack who is our Ambassador of Good Will and Peace, he has been a role model outside the ring with his exemplary behaviour and his beautiful family, his wife Jasmine, and his baby daughter, Malaniyah.

“The WBC wishes Badou Jack continuous success and the best of luck in his boxing career hoping that one day he will compete for the light heavyweight championship of the world.”

Jack’s move means we are likely to see a number of exciting contests at 168lbs in 2017, which could leave the UK with four titles in the super middleweight division.

It all starts in less than three weeks time, when Chris Eubank Jr and Renold Quinlan will scrap it out for the IBO super middleweight belt at the Olympia, in London on February 4th.

George Groves will also fight for a world title once again, when he meets Fedor Chudinov in the coming months, as ordered by the WBA, for their vacant super middleweight crown.

As for the WBC strap, Callum Smith, the WBC super middleweight Silver champion and mandatory challenger, is expected to face Andre Dirrell in the near future for the now vacant title.

So, what of Jack? by vacating and moving to 175lbs, who can we expect him to square off against next?

“Me and Badou Jack already communicated, we talked. The goal was to fight this fight, and then move up to light heavyweight,” said Floyd Mayweather, Jack’s promoter, at the DeGale vs Jack post-fight press conference.

“We’re looking to a Badou Jack vs. Adonis Stevenson. I know Canelo has got the date in May. Around June, the beginning or the end, we look forward to the end of June [for Jack vs. Stevenson].”

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