LAS VEGAS — WBC world super middleweight champion “The Ripper” Badou Jack (20-1-2, 12 KOs) has been awarded by the Nevada Boxing Hall of Fame (NVBHOF) with the 2016 “Fighter of the Year” merit, the organization announced recently.
Since the NBVHOF’s inception in 2013, only one fighter has claimed the title of Fighter of the Year — Floyd “Money” Mayweather Jr. who won the award three years in a row from 2013. Upon his retirement however, NVBHOF went in search of a new awardee and decided it to be Jack who is actually handled by Mayweather Promotions.
Jack won the WBC super middleweight world title last year as a big underdog, dethroning undefeated defending champion Andre Dirrell, and had two successful title defenses — a split decision against George Groves and a majority draw against Lucian Bute.
Despite being champion at the time, Jack was once again the underdog against Groves. Jack dropped Groves in the first round and cruised to a decision. In his next defense, the bout ended in controversy with Jack winning widely on one judge’s scorecard while the other two judges saw the bout even.
Jack was born in Stockholm, Sweden of Swedish and Gambian parents but is a resident of Las Vegas, making him eligible for the award.
The 32-year old fighter from Las Vegas will receive the award during next weekend’s induction ceremonies led by NVBHOF president Rich Marotta.
Other awardees include Ava Knight for Female Fighter of the Year, JJ Mariano for Amateur Fighter of the Year and Mauricio Sulaiman for the Muhammad Ali “Humanitarian Award.” –By Carlos Miguel Cinco
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