Badou Jack has vacated his Light Heavyweight title less than a month after claiming it from Nathan Cleverly on 26th August 2017.
Jack relinquished the title yesterday, telling ESPN that it was written into the contract he signed before he faced Cleverly that he would vacate the title, before going onto say his team are working on something ‘bigger’
“They’re working on something big, so I just got to stay patient,” Jack said. “It was part of the agreement for us even getting the fight with Cleverly that we had to vacate it after we won.”
A purse bid for Jack’s mandatory fight with interim titlist Dmitry Bivol, of Russia, was scheduled to take place on Monday with many suggesting that he was avoiding the challenge but Jack says this couldn’t be further from the truth.
“I’m not ducking a guy who has 11 fights. Look at the guys I have fought. My promoter is looking for bigger and better things for me,” Jack said.
Since losing to Derek Edwards in 2014, Jack, has been one of the stand out fighters in sport, holding the WBC Super Middleweight title before becoming a two-weight world champion in his aforementioned win over Wales’ Nathan Cleverly.
“I’m looking forward to seeing what’s next. I’m ready for whoever’s next and the big checks,” Jack said. “I want to fight Adonis Stevenson. He’s a big name, and he’s probably the biggest name in the light heavyweight division now that Andre Ward has retired. If there’s a bigger money fight, give that fight to me. If it’s [former unified titleholder Sergey] Kovalev, give me him.”
Jack said he expects his next fight to happen either in December or in early 2018.
“I’m staying patient,” Jack said. “When Floyd promised me a light heavyweight title shot, he delivered. He’s always delivered for me. My job is to train and be ready for the next fight, but I want to fight the biggest and best names in the light heavyweight division.”