Two-division world champion Badou Jack is ready to put on a show in his upcoming rematch with WBA "regular" light heavyweight champion Jean Pascal.
Their fight takes place on the Floyd Mayweather vs. Logan Paul Showtime PPV undercard on Sunday, June 6 from Hard Rock Stadium in Miami Gardens.
Jack lost a very close twelve round split decision to Pascal in December of 2019. Both boxers were down in the fight.
This time around, Jack is being trained by Johnathan Banks, who is best known for his work with Wladimir Klitschko and Cecialia Braekhus.
“Floyd called me in January last year and told me the rematch was on for April. That was last year. It’s been done since we walked out of the ring the first time, but I’m happy it’s finally done. I’m happy it’s here and I’m ready to put on a show," Jack said.
"I’m trying to perfect everything in preparation for this matchup. Better nutrition. Better conditioning. Better sparring. I’m trying to be better at everything. This is my second fight with my new trainer Johnathan Banks. The first was just a tune-up fight. It wasn’t a high-level fight. It was an eight-rounder, so it was just like a sparring session. But I’m in way better shape than I was in the last camp and I’m ready to go.
“Johnathan Banks is my new coach. He’s great. He’s only a year older than me so we have great chemistry together and everything has been working great. It was a little hard in the beginning to adjust to certain things, but now in camp I feel great in sparring and everything we’re doing right now.”
The first bout had plenty of fireworks, with Jack down in the fourth and then Pascal hitting the deck in the twelfth and final round.
Jack is expecting the same kind of drama in the rematch.
“My fight is going to be a hell of a fight. Everybody knows that. It was a Fight of the Year contender last time. Floyd vs. Logan is going to be entertainment. That’s a different kind of fight, but Floyd is going to put on a show. All of the eyeballs are going to be on that night so it’s going to be a great night," Jack said.
“Pascal likes trying to get under my skin, but I’m too calm. I’m too confident for that. At the end of the day, he’s a veteran, I’m a veteran and it’s going to be a great fight night. I thought I won the first fight. 75 percent of everybody that watched the fight thought I won. There was only one judge that had experience, Julie Lederman, and she had me winning. The other two might have scored his so-called punches but it is what it is."