Yusaf Mack has been to the big dance. He has fought in multiple eliminators and fought for a world title. He is well known and well respected in his home city of Philadelphia, a city known for producing great fighters.
What Mack has not done is get over that hump to reach the top. He is yet to win that big fight that brings him a world title.
Now at 33 years of age and a veteran of 12 years as a pro, Mack is well aware that he needs to act now if he is going to achieve his goal of becoming a world champion. Friday night he takes on veteran war horse Omar Sheika at Resorts Casino in Atlantic City. A win gets him the USBA light heavyweight strap, but, more importantly, gets him into the top five IBF rankings. With his name and the ranking he would have a good chance of getting a second shot at that world title.
Mack had that opportunity in his last fight against Tavoris Cloud in June of last year. It was a fight where he was doing well early. Mack was boxing and moving well against...