Publish Date: 10/07/2020
Fact checked by: Mike Goodpaster
Nordic people are descendants of Vikings so it is not a surprising fact that when it comes to martial arts and boxing they tend to be very successful in this field. We can provide an example of Ingemar Johansson. Even in women, Cecilia Braekhus is an incredible boxer, and she is considered by some as the greatest ever. So it is not a wonder when we mention countries Norway, Sweden, and Denmark and alongside them, we also talk about prominent boxers.
In this article, we will tell you 8 facts about the famous boxer from Sweden, who is the world champion in two weight categories. His name is Badou Jack. Jack is a world champion in two weight classes. He has always demonstrated a high level of boxing in the ring and decent behavior beyond him. So, let’s go ahead with eight facts about Badou Jack.
He grew up in a family of 8 children, which is a really big family. Badou Jack was born on October 31, 1983, in Stockholm, Sweden. His mother is Swedish and his father is from Gambia (a state in West Africa). Badou was one of 8 children and he always showed interest in boxing from his childhood years. Jack is practicing Islam.
Jack started boxing at the age of 11. In 2008, he represented Gambia at the Beijing Olympics. In the first round, Badou lost to Vijender Singh, a boxer from India. Badou is a five-time champion of Sweden among amateur boxers (from 2004 to 2008: four times in the middle division and once in the light-heavyweight). His record in amateurs is 128-22.
We should note here that Jack has enjoyed huge popularity not only in Sweden but the rest of the Nordic countries as well. Being one of the best in boxing, usually, other Scandinavian countries respect when their neighbors have such a high-quality boxer. Because of that some of the Norwegian odds bonuses were based primarily on Jack. It proved to be a very interesting decision, because prior to Jack Norwegian betting companies usually did not feature foreign boxers. They always try to focus on local citizens and players, hence Jack was a huge exception in this regard.
In 2009, Badou Jack became a professional. Jack moved to the United States in 2011. He signed a contract with promoter Lou DiBella. After defeating Alexander Brand, Jack received an invitation to work in the Floyd Mayweather Hall. Badu showed himself during a sparring session with brothers Dirrell (Andre and Anthony). In 2012, the boxer from Sweden signed a contract with the promotional company of Floyd Mayweather. He said it several times that Floyd Mayweather is the biggest star in boxing. He’s the highest-paid athlete in the world. He is a promoter and mentor and always emphasized that Floyd treated him like his little brother.
Jack trains under Eddie Mustafa Muhammad, a former world featherweight champion. Badou is a member of the TMT (The Money Team).
Jack has a really good friendship with Mike Tyson and is also a good friend of Shannon Briggs. With Briggs’ help, Jack moved to the United States, where he became a U.S. citizen. When we are talking about boxers like Briggs and Tyson it is always a good idea when you are having a connection with them. Such boxers are always willing to share their experience and help you with bouts.
Badou Jack is married. His wife is Yasemin Jack. The couple has a daughter, Malania. The family lives in Las Vegas, Nevada. Jack has always declared that a family has a huge role in his life and always dedicates wins to them.
On January 19, 2019, Jack lost to Marcus Browne by unanimous decision. At stake was the interim WBA title in the light-heavyweight division. During the fight, Badou received a severe dissection in the forehead. After the fight, the boxer from Sweden was given 25 stitches. However, Jack returned back even stronger and became a dominating boxer.
Jack is in a friendly relationship with Joell Kinnaman, an actor from Sweden. Badu helped Kinnaman prepare for the films Robocop (2014) and Suicide Squad (2016). They have always supported each other and Kinnaman in his turn attended fights of the Swedish boxer.
Jack is active on social networks Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram, where he communicates with his fans. If you are a popular figure in any field it is always a good idea to communicate often with your fans and thereby gain support from them.
These are eight facts about Badou Jack. A boxer from Sweden is a role model for many people in Sweden of gentlemanly behavior in the ring and beyond.