John David Jackson (boxer)

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John David Jackson (born May 17, 1963 in Denver, CO), is a former professional boxer who held world titles in the light middleweight and middleweight divisions, and later became a boxing trainer after his career ended.

Professional career[edit]

Jackson was developed as an amateur out of the Tacoma Boys club in Tacoma, WA, USA, and turned professional in 1984. He didn't lose in his first 32 fights and captured the vacant WBO light middleweight title in 1988 with a win over Lupe Aquino. He defended the title six times before moving up to middleweight in 1993 to take on WBA middleweight champion Reggie Johnson, winning a close decision

After being stripped of his WBA title in August 1994, Jackson lost in an attempt to regain the belt in December of that year to Jorge Castro via 9th round TKO, in a fight that was named Fight of the Year by Ring Magazine. On the verge of forcing a referee's stoppage against the badly beaten up Castro, Jackson was caught and knocked down by a left hook, then stopped after two further knockdowns. The sudden change in fortunes was one of the greatest turnarounds ever seen in a boxing match.

In 1997 he took on Bernard Hopkins for the IBF middleweight title. In an ugly fight in which Jackson looked a faded fighter, Hopkins won via a 7th round TKO. Jackson took a rematch with Castro in 1998, but again came up short in losing a decision. He retired in 1999.

Preceded by
N/A
Inaugural champion
WBO Light Middleweight Champion
8 December 1988 – 30 October 1993
Vacated
Succeeded by
Verno Phillips
Preceded by
Reggie Johnson
WBA Middleweight Champion
1 October 1993 – Aug 1994
Stripped
Succeeded by
Jorge Castro

Professional boxing record[edit]

36 Wins (20 knockouts, 16 decisions), 4 Losses (2 knockouts, 2 decisions), 1 No Contest [1]
Result Record Opponent Type Round Date Location Notes
Win 16-6 United States Dave Boone TKO 2 25/09/1999 United States Pechanga Resort and Casino, Temecula, California
Loss 104-6-2 Argentina Jorge Fernando Castro UD 10 20/02/1998 Argentina Cipolletti, Rio Negro Province WBA Fedelatin Super Middleweight Title. 93-95, 94-96, 98-99.
Loss 30-2-1 United States Bernard Hopkins TKO 7 19/04/1997 United States Shreveport Municipal Memorial Auditorium, Shreveport, Louisiana IBF World Middleweight Title. Referee stopped the bout at 2:22 of the seventh round.
Loss 9-6 Sudan Abdullah Ramadan SD 10 20/11/1996 United States Fort Lauderdale, Florida
Win 9-15-3 United States Augustine Renteria PTS 10 29/06/1996 United States Fantasy Springs Resort Casino, Indio, California
Win 16-10-1 United States Guy Stanford UD 10 16/12/1995 United States CoreStates Spectrum, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Win 22-8-1 United States James "Hard Rock" Green PTS 8 29/04/1995 United States US Air Arena, Landover, Maryland
Loss 95-4-2 Argentina Jorge Fernando Castro TKO 9 10/12/1994 Mexico Estadio de Beisbol Monterrey, Monterrey, Nuevo Leon WBA World Middleweight Title. Ring Magazine Fight of the Year. Referee stopped the bout at 2:34 of the ninth round.
Win 25-12 Puerto Rico Danny "Popeye" Garcia KO 7 24/09/1994 United States Bally's Park Place, Atlantic City, New Jersey
Win 16-7-1 United States Jeff Johnson RTD 7 06/05/1994 United States Boardwalk Hall, Atlantic City, New Jersey
Win 34-2-1 United States Reggie Johnson UD 12 01/10/1993 Argentina Estadio Obras Sanitarias, Buenos Aires WBA World Middleweight Title. 115-114, 115-113, 115-114.
Win 10-11-1 United States Charles LaCour TKO 3 03/09/1993 United States Tucson, Arizona
Win 17-1 Italy Michele Mastrodonato TKO 10 19/12/1992 Italy Palazzetto dello Sport, San Severo, Puglia WBO World Light Middleweight Title. Referee stopped the bout at 1:14 of the tenth round.
Win 35-6 Mexico Sergio Medina UD 10 22/10/1992 United States Marriott Hotel, Irvine, California
Win 23-14-3 United States Eric "The Prince" Martin PTS 10 19/09/1992 United States Pacific Sports Center, Tacoma, Washington
Win 18-1 United States Pat Lawlor RTD 9 09/06/1992 United States San Francisco Civic Auditorium, San Francisco, California WBO World Light Middleweight Title. Lawlor retired after the ninth round.
Win 38-3 United States Tyrone Trice UD 12 21/07/1991 United States Atlantic City Race Course, Atlantic City, New Jersey WBO World Light Middleweight Title. 116-111, 116-111, 117-110.
Win 19-5-1 Dominican Republic Joaquin Velasquez UD 10 10/05/1991 United States Central Maine Civic Center, Lewiston, Maine 100-91, 100-89, 100-89.
Win 30-2 United Kingdom Chris Pyatt UD 12 23/10/1990 United Kingdom Granby Halls, Leicester, Leicestershire WBO World Light Middleweight Title. 118-109, 117-111, 116-112.
Win 10-6 Colombia Brinatty Maquilon UD 10 24/07/1990 United States Trump Plaza Hotel and Casino, Atlantic City, New Jersey 99-90, 99-90, 97-91.
No Contest 13-11 France Martin Camara NC 11 17/02/1990 France Hotel Deauville, Chatillon, Hauts-de-Seine WBO World Light Middleweight Title. Fight was called off after Camara refused to continue due to the referee calling off a knockdown of Jackson because he thought the bell rung.
Win 4-12-1 Mexico Ruben Villaman KO 2 01/12/1989 United States Tucson, Arizona
Win 16-10-1 United States Steve Little TKO 8 22/04/1989 United States The Palace of Auburn Hills, Auburn Hills, Michigan WBO World Light Middleweight Title.
Win 33-4-1 Mexico Lupe Aquino RTD 7 08/12/1988 United States Cobo Arena, Detroit, Michigan Inaugural WBO World Light Middleweight Title. Aquino retired after the seventh round.
Win 10-10 United States Aniseto Ramos TKO 4 07/10/1988 United States The Palace of Auburn Hills, Auburn Hills, Michigan
Win 16-4 United States Davey Moore UD 10 21/07/1987 United States Resorts Casino Hotel, Atlantic City, New Jersey 97-91, 99-92, 99-91.
Win 7-7 United States Sidney Outlaw TKO 6 13/01/1987 United States The Blue Horizon, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania Pennsylvania Light Middleweight Title. Referee stopped the bout at 2:04 of the sixth round.
Win 2-2-1 United States Johnny Banks KO 1 25/11/1986 United States Harrah's Marina, Atlantic City, New Jersey
Win 17-7 United States Tony Ojo TKO 3 28/10/1986 United States Betsy Ross Inn, Pennsauken, New Jersey Referee stopped the bout at 1:13 of the third round.
Win 12-2 United States Milton Leaks UD 8 31/07/1986 United States Atlantic City, New Jersey
Win 21-5 United States Mike Castronova TKO 1 14/06/1986 United States Governor Mifflin Intermediate School Gym, Shillington, Pennsylvania
Win 3-11 Puerto Rico Orlando Montalvo KO 2 25/02/1986 United States The Tropicana, Atlantic City, New Jersey Montalvo knocked out at 0:52 of the second round.
Win 5-7 United States Vincent Mays TKO 5 04/09/1985 United States Resorts Casino Hotel, Atlantic City, New Jersey Referee stopped the bout at 2:15 of the fifth round.
Win 8-40-2 United States Robert G.D. Thomas UD 8 18/07/1985 United States Golden Eagle Caterers, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Win 2-7 United States Billy Joe TKO 1 13/06/1985 United States Resorts Casino Hotel, Atlantic City, New Jersey Referee stopped the bout at 2:31 of the first round.
Win 4-0-1 United States Gary "Call Me Mr." Tibbs TKO 4 20/03/1985 United States The Sands, Atlantic City, New Jersey Referee stopped the bout at 0:45 of the fourth round.
Win 4-1 United States Felipe Montellano UD 6 17/10/1984 United States Harrah's Marina, Atlantic City, New Jersey
Win 3-3 United States Louis Owens UD 6 26/06/1984 United States Atlantic City, New Jersey
Win 7-35-2 United States Robert G.D. Thomas PTS 6 10/05/1984 United States Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Win 1-0 United States Keith Todd KO 3 11/04/1984 United States Catholic Youth Center, Scranton, Pennsylvania
Win 1-3 United States Kimbrady Carriker KO 1 11/03/1984 United States The Sands, Atlantic City, New Jersey

Training career[edit]

After his professional boxing career ended, Jackson has worked as a trainer. Boxers he has worked with include:

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