Badou Jack Faces Late-Replacement Dervin Colina on PPV, Sunday – Showtime
Badou Jack is no stranger to draws, and even more so, split-decision.
In Jack’s 29 professional fights, across 191 rounds, Jack has three draws, seven of his fights have ended in a majority or split decision, including a draw against Adonis Stevenson, who was the top guy at 175 lbs, at the time Jack fought him.
“This has been in the works since our first fight. Last year Floyd called me and said, ‘it’s on,'” said Jack about how this bout came together. “Then the pandemic hit and it got pushed back. There is a reason there is a rematch, because everyone knows who won that fight. It’s better late than never. I was back in the gym Monday after the first fight.”
Jack who spoke with me last year before fighting Sacramento, California’s Blake “The Beast” McKernan, stated that politics have been against him often in the sport of boxing, and that a lot of these close bouts haven’t gone his way, based around not being the marquee fighter.
“There were three judges and Julie Lederman had it for me and the two other guys had never judged a big fight before. We have two judges for this fight: the right hand and the left hand. That’s it,” continued Jack. “I’m very confident for this fight and I’m not worried about the judges. I know Jean Pascal is a warrior, and I’m a warrior. I’m just ready to fight.”
The warrior of spirit of Jack was last seen on PPV against Marcus Browne in which a head clash cut open Jack’s forehead, and it caused a Harry Potter-like thunderbolt scare to his head. Jack despite the grotesque wound fought all 12-rounds, still.
Yet his original opponent, Jean Pascal, the current WBA light heavyweight champion who was not too keen on Jack’s thoughts on their last meeting, is now out of their scheduled bout to VADA pre-fight drug test violation.
For Jack, a hard-luck fighter, this was just further in the struggle of breaks in his career from draws to know, world champ Jean Pascal, no longer being to fight him for a title as Dervin Colina of Venezuela will fill-in on a week’s notice.
So what do we know about Dervin Colina? Well, for starters, all fifteen of his bouts have happened in Venezuela, and thirteen of them ending in knockout. Colina has gone only 40 rounds as professional despite being 33-years-old, and started his career at 205 lbs working his way down to light heavyweight over the course of eight-years. Beyond that he doesn’t have much of a digital footprint.
So this is a low-reward, high-risk fight for Badou Jack, who Jack being 37-years-old, more than likely only has a few more bouts left in his career at this point.
Unless something dramatic, and unheard of happens, that makes us see Colina as player in the division, the story will be less so about Jack v. Colina, and more so, Pascal failing for Epitrenbolone, Drostanolone, and Drostanolone Metabolite A. It is a jarring thing to have occur and beyond that, it also brings into to question his wins over Marcus Browne, and Ahmed Eliabli, in my opinion, as wins over those two prospects, revamped his career.
Jack now has to be a true professional, and take a fight on a week’s notice, look like a million bucks in the ring, to get another chance at a big fight.
Floyd Mayweather vs. Logan Paul is a special exhibition bout presented by Mayweather Promotions, FANMIO and Mavathltcs that will take place on Sunday, June 6 at Hard Rock Stadium in Miami Gardens, Fla. The telecast, which is being produced by SHOWTIME PPV, will air live beginning at 8 p.m. ET/5 p.m. PT and can be purchased now at SHOWTIME.com and FANMIO.com. The undercard will feature two-division world champion Badou Jack in a 10-round contest against the undefeated Dervin Colina, plus former unified super welterweight champion “Swift” Jarrett Hurd against Luis Arias in a 10-round bout and in a fourth PPV bout, former NFL star wide receiver Chad Johnson will make his boxing debut in a four-round exhibition match against versatile fighter Brian Maxwell.