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Badou Jack plotting move up to cruiserweight after latest win

Marcus Browne examines the cut on Badou Jack's forehead after their bloody 12-round fight.

Badou Jack 23-3-4 (14) is considering a move up to cruiserweight in his bid to become a three-weight world champion.

“My goal is to become a three-division world champion. I walk around very heavy. I’m about to be 38 this year and I don’t like to cut weight so I’ll get with my team and see what’s next,” Jack said.

The 37-year-old Las Vegas-based Swede claimed his first world championship when he defeated Anthony Dirrell by majority decision in Chicago six years ago to pick up the WBC super middleweight title.

He made three success title defences with victories over George Groves and Lucien Bute and a split draw against James DeGale.

In 2017, Badou moved up to light heavyweight to knockout Nathan Cleverley in five rounds to add the WBA 175-pound belt to his trophy cabinet. A majority draw against Adonis Stevenson followed before a brace of points defeats to Marcus Browne and Jean Pascal.

Jack was expected to rematch Pascal at the Hard Rock Stadium in Miami, Florida on the undercard of the exhibition bout between Floyd Mayweather and Logan Paul on Sunday before Pascal was a late scratching after failing a drugs test for multiple banned substances.

He faced late replacement Dervin Colina 15-1 (13), dropping him three times to win by knockout in the fourth. The three knockdown rule was in effect in Florida.

“The game plan was just to outbox him. Everything else will come. Definitely, hit the body. He was a little soft in the body but give him respect. He came out on short notice. He was supposed to fight next week but this is a different level,” Jack said.

“He was trying to hold a lot and survive. I fight better when I fight better opponents. I was a little sloppy. The world class fights are when I perform the best.”

Jack, who weighed in at 177-pounds for the Colina bout, sees his future in the 200-pound division where Latvian Mairis Breidis 27-1 (19) is The Ring and IBF world champ. Undefeated Frenchman Arsen ‘Feroz’ Goulamirian 26-0 (18) holds the WBA strap, while South African southpaw Ilunga Junior Makabu 28-2 (25) is the WBC boss and Englishman Lawrence ‘The Sauce’ Okolie 16-0 (13) holds the WBO belt.

Breidis is clearly the best of the bunch. His lone loss was by razor-thin majority decision to Oleksandr Usyk in the semi-final of the World Boxing Super Series in January 2018.

Usyk, who would go on to win the tournament and become the undisputed cruiserweight champion of the world in the process before moving up to heavyweight, admitted that Breidis tested him like no other opponent previously.

“Those are the most difficult rounds I’ve had in my career, and we will work on the improvement of my style,” Usyk said at the time.