Through a message on social networks, Badou Jack informed all his followers that he will not fight against the Mexican Saul “Canelo” Alvarez in his next fight, all this because a weight was not agreed with the Aztec fighter.
Although everything was said to be “almost closed” between Jack and ‘Canelo’, now the negotiations to make a fight for the WBC cruiserweight title that Jack has in his possession, in Saudi Arabia, stalled and ended up collapsing.
At least that's how Badou Jack himself announced it on his networks, as he explained how ‘Canelo‘ and his team were looking to settle the fight at a catchweight below the cruiserweight limit. In addition, another of the points that did not help finalize the fight between the two was a rehydration clause.
“I will not fight Canelo in the next fight. They said that the difference in weight is a lot. They wanted to squeeze this old man and fight me 20 lbs UNDER the cruiserweight limit for the title. And also, with a rehydration clause. Canelo, give the fans what they want to see, and fight David Benavidez,” Jack tweeted on Saturday.
I won’t be fighting Canelo next. They said the weight difference is too much, they wanted to drain the old man and fight me 20lbs UNDER the cruiser weight limit for the title ðŸ˜‚ Plus a rehydration clause.— Badou Jack (@BadouJack) June 17, 2023
Canelo let’s give the fans what they want to see and fight David Benavidez
A near-close fight that fell apart
On June 12, Amur Abdallah, president of Skill Boxing Challenge, the company in charge of moving boxing in Saudi Arabia, revealed that he already had a 90% agreement for a fight between Jack and ‘Canelo’. However, he himself assured that they had a delicate problem to solve, and it was that which prevented it from being done, the weight.
“The weight is the only thing that stops us,” said Abdallah. “But if you want to go up to cruiserweight you have to fight at cruiserweight. I think that's where the hesitation is and I understand it, because Canelo is a super middleweight, and Badou (Jack) was a super middleweight. So we can't ask a guy who makes his normal life at 205 or 210 pounds to fight at 200. Maybe (Jack) could go down to super middleweight or light heavyweight, or a little above that.”