Former two division world champion Badou Jack is set to return on November 28 at the Staples Center in Los Angeles.
Jack will square off against Blake McKernan on the undercard of Mike Tyson’s highly anticipated return against fellow former world champion Roy Jones Jr. According to Jack he was originally supposed to face off against former UFC light-heavyweight champion Tito Ortiz who is now pursuing a career in politics.
In an interview with BJPENN.com Jack revealed he was originally supposed to face off against Ortiz in an exhibition bout but the ‘Huntingdon Beach Bad Boy’ priced himself out of the fight.
“At first, they were talking about me doing an exhibition boxing match against Tito Ortiz,” Jack said. “I was like yeah sure and Ortiz wanted too much money and he didn’t want to fight me so it was scratched. Or, at least that is what I heard. It makes no sense to cut weight for an exhibition, so we then decided to find a cruiserweight and dedicated it to the charity and they found this guy.”
Jack didn’t like the idea of fighting a veteran MMA fighter in a real boxing match.
“That was mostly just talks. He is a little older and is retired so I’m not sure what happened,” Jack explained. “I don’t follow MMA and then they said it would be a real fight. I can’t fight an MMA fighter in a boxing match. Unless it is big money. Unless it a huge name and a big money fight then it makes sense. Why would I fight an MMA guy? That is no fair.”
Jack is looking to return to winning ways against the undefeated McKernan who is 13-0. The Swedish fighter has won just one of his last five fights, suffering two defeats and two draws since alongside an emphatic victory over former titlist Nathan Cleverly.
How do you think Tito Ortiz would have done in the boxing ring with Badou Jack?