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Getting To Know Badou Jack, Fighting Jan. 14 at Barclays

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Getting To Know Badou Jack, Fighting Jan. 14 at Barclays
BROOKLYN (December 20, 2016) – Super middleweight world champion Badou Jack has endured a long road on the way to his highly anticipated super middleweight world championship unification showdown against James DeGale taking place Saturday, January 14 from Barclays Center in Brooklyn and live on SHOWTIME.
Jack comes from a unique background for a boxer but has persevered through the same struggles that professional fighters face every day. He's faced obstacles that few are able to overcome and now, with a huge SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING main event looming, Jack is on the cusp of stardom.
Tickets for the live event, which is promoted by Mayweather Promotions and DiBella Entertainment, start at $25. Tickets are available now and can be purchased online by visiting www.ticketmaster.com, www.barclayscenter.com or by calling 1-800-745-3000Tickets are also available at the American Express Box Office at Barclays Center. Group discounts are available by calling 844-BKLYN-GP.
Take a look below at some interesting facts that have led Jack to his January 14showdown:

1.       Jack was born in Sweden to a Swedish mother and Gambian father. He has 

six siblings — two older sisters, two younger sisters and two younger brothers.

 

2.       He started boxing on his own curiosity and has already gotten some of his 

younger siblings interested in training. Professional boxing was banned in Sweden from 1969 through 2007

 

3.       Began boxing in 2000 and took quickly to the sport before starting his 

international amateur career. 

 

4.       Qualified for the 2008 Olympics for Gambia. He remains the only boxer to 

ever represent the country in the Olympics and was the flag-bearer and one of three athletes to represent Gambia at the Beijing games.

5.       Jack is the first Swedish-born man to hold a boxing world title since 

Armand Krajnc held a middleweight title in 2001. The only other Swedish-born world champion was Ingemar Johansson, who famously won the heavyweight world title by knocking Floyd Patterson down seven times in one round on his way to a stoppage in 1959.

 

6.       Came to the U.S. to pursue boxing after the Olympics and first began 

training at Gleason's Gym in Brooklyn.

 

7.       Was discovered by former heavyweight world champion Shannon Briggs 

and he temporarily moved to Miami to work with Briggs. He maintains a close relationship with Briggs today.

 

8.       After moving to Las Vegas, Jack met Floyd Mayweather in 2012 while 

sparring Andre Dirrell and eventually signed with Mayweather Promotions.

 

9.       After winning his world title in 2015, he was a finalist for the Swedish 

Athlete of the Year.

 

10.   He traveled to Gambia earlier this year and last year, along with Ishe Smith, 

to deliver training equipment and other donations to the country. 

Editor/publisher Michael Woods got addicted to boxing in 1990, when Buster Douglas shocked the world with his demolition of the thought to be impregnable Mike Tyson. The Brooklyn-based journalist Woods has covered the sport since then, for ESPN The Magazine, ESPN.com, ESPN New York, RING, and he was editor of TheSweetScience.com from 2007-2015. Woods is also an accomplished blow by blow and color man, having done work for Top Rank, DiBella Entertainment, EPIX, and for Facebook Fightnight Live since 2017. He now does work for PROBOX TV, the first truly global boxing network.