Less than a month after winning it, Badou Jack has vacated his secondary light heavyweight world title.
Jack (22-1-2, 13 KOs), 33, won by one-sided fifth-round knockout of Nathan Cleverly on the Floyd Mayweather-Conor McGregor undercard on August 26th but sent a letter to the WBA on Saturday formally relinquishing the championship.
The reasoning is that Jack vacating the title after he won it was part of the contract he signed when the fight with Cleverly was made and that Mayweather and Mayweather Promotions CEO Leonard Ellerbe have something else in the works for him, Jack told ESPN.
“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.”
Jack stated he was not relinquishing the title as a way to duck anyone.
“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.
“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.”
“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.”