Badou Jack Receives Hero’s Welcome in Jeddah

08/13/2022 - No comments

Two Division Boxing World Champion and “People’s Champion” Badou Jack (26-3-3, 16 KOs) touched down with his team in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, Thursday night for his first fight in the Kingdom on the undercard of Oleksander Usyk vs. Anthony Joshua II, dubbed “Rage on the Red Sea”.

Jack was greeted by hundreds of fans who swarmed the airport hours prior to his arrival to get a glimpse and meet the former Super Middleweight and Light Heavyweight Champion. Several Saudi dignitaries, influencers, and members of the Royal Family were present at King Abdul Aziz International Airport to welcome the champion to the Kingdom.

“As we were waiting in the VIP Arrivals Lounge for Badou’s flight to land, airport security informed me there were more people awaiting Badou than any other fighter that arrived yet and it was becoming a security concern”, Jack’s Manager, Amer Abdallah stated. “He’s definitely the fan favorite here, a true Muslim hero and icon to so many in this region”.

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“I was so surprised to see how many fans and supporters came to the airport to welcome me” Jack said. “I feel right at home here in Saudi Arabia and appreciate all of the love from everyone. I’m going to put on a great performance for my fans here on the 20th”.

Jack is scheduled to face Star Boxing’s Richard Rivera (21-0, 16 KOs), an undefeated, younger prospect with an unblemished record.

In his previous two outings, both in the Middle East, Jack defeated Hany Atiyo by way of a 1st round knockout on the Floyd Mayweather vs Don Moore exhibition event in Abu Dhabi, then followed up by scoring a 2nd round stoppage against Samuel Crossed in Dubai. With a victory on August 20th, he has his sights set on capturing a 3rd division world title at Cruiserweight.

Badou Jack Makes Saudi Debut on Joshua vs Usyk Card

Former Two Division Boxing World Champion and Global Philanthropist Badou Jack (26-3-3, 16 KOs) will make his Saudi Arabian debut on the undercard of Oleksandr Usyk vs Anthony Joshua, August 20 in Jeddah against unbeaten prospect Richard Rivera (21-0, 16 KO’s).

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Jack has been very active in the Middle East region with his promotional company, Badou Jack Promotions, having promoted the first ever PPV Boxing and Kickboxing card in Dubai in May of 2019 and working with other promotions to stage his own fights in Dubai and Abu Dhabi.

Most recently, Jack, dubbed “The People’s Champion” fought on the Floyd Mayweather exhibition in Abu Dhabi in May at the Etihad Arena, with a quick 46 second first round knockout victory. Previous to that, he made his UAE debut in Dubai with a 2nd round KO of Samuel Crossed.

“I’m excited to make my Saudi debut on such a big event on August 20 in Jeddah,” Jack stated. “This is another great event that Badou Jack Promotions is a part of and my team and I are looking forward to many more in the region.”

“I’m super excited for this fight and can’t wait to showcase my talent,” said Jack’s opponent, “Popeye” Richard Rivera, who is promoted by Joe Deguardia’s Star Boxing. “I wanted this fight for a few years now, so I am extremely grateful for this opportunity. It’s time for a veteran, Badou Jack, to pass the torch down.”

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“We are thrilled to announce Badou’s Saudi debut on this mega event” Badou Jack Promotions CEO Amer Abdallah said. “We have a wonderful relationship with great partners in the Middle East and Badou Jack Promotions will continue to be extremely eventful in this part of the world. We are looking forward to making many more big announcements in the very near future.”