Sweden and Los Angeles Galaxy striker Zlatan Ibrahimović says Gambian and former WBC super middleweight champion Badou Jack is the ‘real’ champion and Sweden’s biggest star.
The Stockholm-born returns to the ring again on May 19th when he faces World Boxing Council light heavyweight champion Adonis Stevenson at the Bell Centre in Montréal, Canada.
And despite being based in Las Vegas, Jack is still big news in his Scandinavia homeland where he has to play second fiddle to Ibrahimović.
But the two met in California on Sunday when Jack was invited by the former Manchester United striker to watch LA Galaxy take on Atlanta United at the Stubhub Center.
After the match, the duo met and in a video shared by the former Gambian Olympian, Jack described Ibrahimović as the “champ” before the 36-year-old responded by saying “he (Badou Jack) is the real champion, I’m the fake one.”
Badou is currently preparing for his fight with Adonis and says seven extra pounds have made him all the stronger and faster.
“I feel way better now and preparation for this fight has been really good. I’ve been in pre-camp since my last outing so I’m already feeling sharp. I feel way better at this weight now. 175lb isn’t easy to make either as I’m naturally a big guy but I’m more comfortable, faster and stronger than ever – this was definitely the right move for me,” he said.
He added: “I’m going to take his belt and become a three-time world champion, then, I want to unify the division. Stevenson first and after I’ll take on all the other contenders.”
Born in Sweden and fighting out of Las Vegas, the 2008 Olympian for his father’s native Gambia is a world champion in the truest sense of the word.