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Badou Jack out to punish Dervin Colina after Jean Pascal withdraws following failed drugs test

Former two-weight world champion Badou Jack 23-3-3 (13) will be looking to take out his frustrations on late replacement Dervin Colina 15-0 (13) when they meet at the Hard Rock Stadium in Miami, Florida on Sunday night.

The fight will take place on the undercard of the eight-round exhibition bout between Floyd Mayweather Jr and Logan Paul on Showtime pay-per-view.

The 37-year-old Jack who hails from Sweden but boxes out of Las Vegas was originally slated to face WBA ‘regular’ titleholder Jean Pascal 35-6-1 (20) in a rematch of his split decision loss to the 38-year-old Haiti-born Canadian in Atlanta 18 months ago.

But it was revealed last week that Pascal had tested positive for a number of performance-enhancing drugs including Epitrenbolone, Drostanolone, and Drostanolone Metabolite A, forcing the cancellation of the fight.

Enter Colina, a 33-year-old Venezuelan who fights out of Coral Gables, Florida.

“I’m just thankful that I’m still fighting on Sunday night. Now we have a new opponent and it’s going to be the same outcome. I’m in great shape and I can’t wait,” Jack said.

“Colina is just another guy. I respect him for coming in and stepping up as a late replacement. But I was going to win this fight on Sunday whether it was Pascal or anyone.

“I’m very frustrated about Jean Pascal. But I’m a pro and I can adjust no matter who is in front of me. I’m disappointed because I won the first fight against Pascal and I waited 18 months to get my revenge.

“I have a little anger that might get taken out on Colina, but it’s nothing personal, just business that I’m here to take care of on Sunday night.

“I don’t really care about [Pascal’s WBA regular] title too much [which is no longer at stake], I really just cared about getting that revenge against Pascal [for a prior loss]. I waited so long for this and I could have taken different fights while I waited.

“Colina is an undefeated guy so he’s going to come in here with a lot of confidence looking to show off his power. We’ll be ready though regardless how he comes into the fight. I had great sparring like always, so I’m prepared for what he’s going to bring.”

Colina, who was already in training for a fight five days later, will be facing the stiffest test of his eight-year pro career.

“I’d like to thank Team Badou Jack for the opportunity,” Colina said. “This is what I do. I was born for this. Come Sunday you guys will see what I do.

“I was scheduled to fight June 11th on a different card. The fight came a little bit earlier on June 6. But I’m ready to fight and there are no excuses for this fight. I’m coming to win at all costs. And you’ll see what I do on Sunday.

“I respect Badou and what he’s done in this sport, but I know that I have everything I need to shock the world come Sunday night.

“I have nothing to lose and that makes me dangerous. I’m going to leave everything in the ring and announce to the whole world that I’m a fighter you’re going to be hearing from.”