Jack v McKernan added to Tyson v Jones undercard
Initially, when it was announced that the highly anticipated “Iron” Mike Tyson (50-6, 44 KO’s) versus Roy Jones Jr (66-9, 47 KO’s) exhibition was being pushed back to November 28, the fight date was the only alteration. Apparently, all parties involved felt that waiting could result in a greater financial payday and therefore the postponement was declared.
Now, along with the rearranged fight date, former light heavyweight world champion Badou “The Ripper” Jack (22-3-3, 13 KO’s) has been added to the undercard. Jack will face the challenge of undefeated cruiserweight boxer Blake McKernan (13-0, 6 KO’s). The Ripper officially broke the news by way of his Twitter.
BACK IN THE GROOVE
By the time that fight night arrives, Jack will have been out of the ring for almost one solid year. It will be good for him to slide in between the ropes to knock off some potential rust. Also, Jack will be very eager to collect a much-needed win. In fact, it has now been three full years since The Ripper scored his last professional win over Nathan Cleverly on August 26, 2017. Over the course of his last five outings, Jack has racked up a tally of 1-2-2.
Of course, restrictions due to COVID-19 have affected several potential opponents. Yet virus or not, it was no accident that McKernan, who is both smaller and much less experienced, was selected. McKernan’s professional ledger reveals that he has never been in a prizefight contracted to go above eight rounds. Therefore, on paper at least, Jack is sure to be his most difficult assignment by leaps and bounds.
It will be interesting to see how Jack looks when he finally does get a chance to compete again. But even with the supposed light-touch, can The Ripper change his luck and finally get return to the win column again?
By: Bakari Simpson