Julian Jackson

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Julian Jackson
Statistics
Real name Julian Jackson
Nickname(s) The Hawk
Rated at Light-middleweight
Middleweight
Height 5' 11" (1.80m)
Reach 73" (185cm)
Nationality American
Born (1960-09-12) September 12, 1960 (age 54)
Saint Thomas, Virgin Island, United States
Boxing record
Total fights 61
Wins 55
Wins by KO 49
Losses 6
Draws 0

Julian "The Hawk" Jackson (born September 12, 1960) is an American former boxer. Jackson was born in Saint Thomas, Virgin Islands, United States. He turned professional in 1981, and fought for 18 years before retiring in 1998. He is a former three-time and two-weight world champion. He is considered to be one of the hardest pound-for-pound punchers in boxing history, and is ranked #25 on Ring Magazines list of "100 Greatest Punchers of all time". The Virgin Islands boxing legacy also includes Peter Jackson (distant relation).

Notable Fights[edit]

Pro career[edit]

Jackson had many of his early fights in Puerto Rico, where he lived for a short period of time, and gained a shot at WBA light-middleweight champion Mike McCallum in August 1986. Jackson hurt the champion on a couple occasions in the first round, but McCallum came storming back with a barrage that forced the referee to stop matters in the second round.

After McCallum moved up to middleweight, Jackson got his second shot at the now-vacant WBA title in November 1987 against Korean In-Chul Baek, winning in three rounds. Baek would go on to win the WBA super-middleweight title a year later. Jackson made three defenses of his crown, against former IBF title-holder Buster Drayton (TKO 3), Francisco DeJesus (KO 8), and future three-time champion Terry Norris (TKO 2). All these defenses were won with a single knockout punch.

Jackson then vacated his crown, moved up to 160 lb (73 kg), and was matched against Herol 'Bomber' Graham for the vacant WBC middleweight title. Due to Jackon's retina damage which had required surgery, the British Boxing Board of Control didn't allow him to box in the UK, so the bout was held at Torrequebrada Hotel & Casino, Benalmadena, Andalucía, Spain on 24 November 1990.

Graham was putting on his typical savvy performance against Jackson: countering, slipping, and dancing out of the way. After being consistently beaten to the punch for three and a half rounds, Jackson unleashed one of the great right hands of boxing. Unconscious before he hit the canvas, Graham was revived only after five alarming minutes.

Defenses against Dennis Milton (KO 1), Ismael Negron (KO 1), and Ron Collins (TKO 5) ended quickly, but Thomas Tate would make Jackson work longer and harder in their August 1992 encounter - Julian had to go to the scorecards for the first time in a title bout in winning a 12-round unanimous decision, scoring a knockdown along the way. At this point Jackson was in the middle of the pound-for-pound rankings.

This would lead to his showdown in May 1993 with another big hitter, Gerald McClellan. This time the challenger prevailed, flooring Jackson twice in the fifth round. The second knockdown prompted the referee to stop the fight, after Jackson made it to his feet yet remained unsteady. Jackson had another shot at the title in May 1994 in a rematch with McClellan. Jackson was hurt and put under heavy pressure by McClellan very early into the first round, and was dropped by a left hook to the body after 65 seconds. The referee counted Jackson out as he rose to his feet.

After McClellan vacated the title to move up to super-middleweight, Jackson would have a second but brief reign as WBC middleweight champion, beating the previously undefeated European champion Agostino Cardamone in March 1995. Jackon had a shaky end to the first round, during which he was hurt and put under pressure until the bell by Cardamone, who wasn't considered a hard puncher. In round two however, Jackson again showed his punching power by suddenly dropping Cardamone heavily with a short right hand. Cardamone managed to make it to his feet but remained badly shaken, forcing the referee to stop the fight.

Jackson lost the title in his first defense against Quincy Taylor in August of that year by a sixth-round stoppage in a fight where Jackson looked a shadow of his former self. Jackson would have four more low-key victories, before ending his career with losses to Verno Phillips and Anthony Jones, both in nine rounds, in 1998.

Life After Boxing[edit]

Julian Jackson joined the ministry, living in St. Thomas, Virgin Islands. He continued his involvement in the local boxing field as a trainer and coach. He has two sons who are also top-ranked boxers. Julius Jackson, a former Olympian, is currently professionally fighting with a record of 18-0 (14 Kos). He is ranked among the top 15 in the world by the WBO, WBA & IBF for his super middleweight class. Julius Jackson currently holds the WBC USNBC Title and the WBA Fedebol Title. John Jackson, also a former Olympian, is fighting professionally with a record of 18-2-0 (15 Kos), and was ranked 6th by the WBC in the Super Welterweight/Jr. Middleweight class.

Professional boxing record[edit]

55 Wins (49 KOs), 6 Losses (6 KOs)[1]
Res. Record Opponent Type Round
Time
Date Location Notes
Loss 55–6 United States Anthony Jones TKO 9 (10) 1998–05–24 United States The Palace of Auburn Hills,
Auburn Hills, Michigan
Loss 55–5 Belize Verno Phillips KO 9 (12)
2:01
1998–01–23 United States Grand Casino Tunica,
Tunica Resorts, Mississippi
Win 55–4 Mexico Eduardo Gutiérrez TKO 3 (10) 1997–10–31 United States Packard Music Hall,
Warren, Ohio
Win 54–4 United States Terry Ford TKO 2 (10)
1:01
1997–07–25 United States Tropicana Las Vegas,
Paradise, Nevada
Win 53–4 United States Augustine Renteria PTS 8 1996–12–07 United States Fantasy Springs Resort Casino,
Indio, California
Win 52–4 Mexico Leonardo Aguilar UD 10 1996–09–09 United States Great Western Forum,
Inglewood, California
Loss 51–4 United States Quincy Taylor TKO 6 (12)
2:33
1995–08–19 United States MGM Grand Las Vegas,
Las Vegas, Nevada
Lost WBC middleweight title.
Win 51–3 Italy Agostino Cardamone TKO 2 (12)
1:50
1995–03–17 United States Worcester Memorial Auditorium,
Worcester, Massachusetts
Won vacant WBC middleweight title.
Win 50–3 Ecuador Luis Buitron TKO 3 (10) 1994–12–17 Ecuador Coliseo General Rumiñahui,
Quito, Pichincha
Loss 49–3 United States Gerald McClellan KO 1 (12)
1:23
1994–05–07 United States MGM Grand Las Vegas,
Las Vegas, Nevada
For WBC middleweight title.
Win 49–2 Mexico Eduardo Ayala PTS 10 1994–03–04 United States MGM Grand Las Vegas,
Las Vegas, Nevada
Win 48–2 Mexico Jaime Montano TKO 1 (10)
1:50
1993–12–15 United States The Aladdin,
Paradise, Nevada
Win 47–2 United States Carlton Haywood TKO 1 (10)
2:16
1993–08–06 Puerto Rico Coliseo Rubén Rodríguez,
Bayamón
Loss 46–2 United States Gerald McClellan TKO 5 (12)
2:09
1993–05–08 United States Thomas & Mack Center,
Paradise, Nevada
Lost WBC middleweight title.
Win 46–1 United States Eddie Hall TKO 4 (10) 1992–12–13 United States The Mirage,
Las Vegas, Nevada
Win 45–1 United States Thomas Tate UD 12 1992–08–01 United States Las Vegas Hilton,
Las Vegas, Nevada
Retained WBC middleweight title.
Win 44–1 United States Ron Collins TKO 5 (12)
1:27
1992–04–10 Mexico El Toreo,
Mexico City
Retained WBC middleweight title.
Win 43–1 Puerto Rico Ismael Negron TKO 1 (12)
0:50
1992–02–15 United States The Mirage,
Las Vegas, Nevada
Retained WBC middleweight title.
Win 42–1 United States Dennis Milton KO 1 (12)
2:10
1991–09–14 United States The Mirage,
Las Vegas, Nevada
Retained WBC middleweight title.
Win 41–1 England Herol Graham KO 4 (12)
1:13
1990–11–24 Spain Torrequebrada Hotel & Casino,
Benalmádena, Andalusia
Won vacant WBC middleweight title.
Win 40–1 United States Wayne Powell TKO 4 (10)
1:36
1990–06–16 United States Caesars Palace,
Paradise, Nevada
Win 39–1 United States John McClendon KO 2 (10) 1990–05–18 United States Virgin Islands Saint Thomas
Win 38–1 United States Terry Norris TKO 2 (12)
1:33
1989–07–30 United States Atlantic City Convention Center,
Atlantic City, New Jersey
Retained WBA light-middleweight title.
Win 37–1 United States Derwin Richards TKO 6 (10) 1989–05–13 United States Great Western Forum,
Inglewood, California
Win 36–1 Brazil Francisco de Jesus KO 8 (12)
2:19
1989–02–25 United States Las Vegas Hilton,
Las Vegas, Nevada
Retained WBA light-middleweight title.
Win 35–1 United States Buster Drayton TKO 3 (12)
2:57
1988–07–30 United States Harrah's Marina Resort Casino,
Atlantic City, New Jersey
Retained WBA light-middleweight title.
Win 34–1 United States Efren Olivo TKO 1 (10) 1988–06–25 United States Trump Plaza Hotel and Casino,
Atlantic City, New Jersey
Win 33–1 United States Reggie Barnes TKO 1 (10) 1988–04–16 United States Las Vegas Hilton,
Las Vegas, Nevada
Win 32–1 South Korea Baek In-Chul TKO 3 (12)
1:17
1987–11–21 United States Las Vegas Hilton,
Las Vegas, Nevada
Won vacant WBA light-middleweight title.
Win 31–1 United States Milton Leaks TKO 10 (12)
0:38
1987–04–24 United States Hartford Civic Center,
Hartford, Connecticut
Retained WBC Continental Americas
light-middleweight title.
Win 30–1 United States Khalif Shabazz KO 1 (10) 1986–12–19 United States Virgin Islands Saint Thomas
Loss 29–1 Jamaica Mike McCallum TKO 2 (15)
2:03
1986–08–23 United States Miami Beach Convention Hall,
Miami Beach, Florida
For WBA light-middleweight title.
Win 29–0 United States Derrick Drane TKO 2 (10) 1986–05–20 United States Madison Square Garden,
New York City, New York
Win 28–0 United States Francisco Del Toro KO 2 (10)
2:05
1986–04–19 United States Las Vegas Hilton,
Las Vegas, Nevada
Win 27–0 United States Mark Allman TKO 1 (10) 1986–03–22 United States Riviera Hotel and Casino,
Winchester, Nevada
Win 26–0 United States Lopez McGee KO 4 (12) 1986–02–28 United States Virgin Islands Saint Thomas Retained WBC Continental Americas
light-middleweight title.
Win 25–0 Cuba Raúl Hernandez TKO 1 (10) 1985–11–15 United States Tamiami Fairgrounds Auditorium,
Miami, Florida
Win 24–0 José Padilla TKO 3 (10)
1:22
1985–08–10 United States Riviera Hotel and Casino,
Winchester, Nevada
Win 23–0 United States Rafael Corona KO 3 (12) 1985–07–12 United States Santa Clara, California Retained WBC Continental Americas
light-middleweight title.
Win 22–0 United States Tim Harris TKO 8 (12)
0:18
1984–11–21 United States Riviera Hotel and Casino,
Winchester, Nevada
Retained WBC Continental Americas
light-middleweight title.
Win 21–0 Puerto Rico Santos Solis KO 2 (10) 1984–11–03 Puerto Rico Hiram Bithorn Stadium,
San Juan
Win 20–0 United States Curtis Ramsey TKO 12 1984–08–15 United States Las Vegas, Nevada Retained WBC Continental Americas
light-middleweight title.
Win 19–0 United States Ron Lee Warrior TKO 3 (12) 1984–06–20 Puerto Rico Hato Rey Won WBC Continental Americas
light-middleweight title.
Win 18–0 United States JJ Cottrell TKO 5 (10)
2:57
1984–05–16 Puerto Rico Showboat Hotel and Casino,
Las Vegas, Nevada
Win 17–0 Nicaragua Eddie Gazo KO 2 (10)
0:36
1984–03–17 Puerto Rico Hiram Bithorn Stadium,
San Juan
Win 16–0 United States Carlton Brown TKO 1 (10) 1983–01–20 United States Felt Forum,
New York City, New York
Win 15–0 United States Jeff Nelson TKO 3 (10)
2:31
1983–10–15 United States James L. Knight Convention Center,
Miami, Florida
Win 14–0 United States David Plowden KO 3 (10) 1983–06–25 Puerto Rico Roberto Clemente Coliseum,
San Juan
Win 13–0 Cuba Reinaldo Roque TKO 1 (10) 1983–05–18 United States Dunes Hotel,
Las Vegas, Nevada
Win 12–0 United States Jake Torrance TKO 5 (10) 1983–03–06 United States Harrah's Marina Resort Casino,
Atlantic City, New Jersey
Win 11–0 Northern Ireland Dominic Fox KO 2 (10) 1983–02–19 Puerto Rico Hato Rey
Win 10–0 United States Mack Heimbaugh TKO 4 (8) 1982–11–17 United States St. Joseph, Missouri
Win 9–0 Puerto Rico Miguel Sepulveda TKO 3 (8)
0:24
1982–08–18 Puerto Rico Hiram Bithorn Stadium,
San Juan
Win 8–0 United States Al Cook KO 2 (8)
2:15
1982–06–08 United States Miami Beach Convention Hall,
Miami Beach, Florida
Win 7–0 United States William Page UD 6 1982–03–20 United States Playboy Hotel and Casino,
Atlantic City, New Jersey
Win 6–0 Dominican Republic Dario de Asa KO 3 (8) 1981–09–26 United States Miami Beach Convention Center,
Miami Beach, Florida
Win 5–0 Puerto Rico Edwin Rodriguez KO 1 (6) 1981–08–15 Puerto Rico San Juan
Win 4–0 Puerto Rico Reyes Escalera TKO 3 (6) 1981–05–15 United States Virgin Islands Saint Thomas
Win 3–0 Puerto Rico Marcelino Flores KO 2 (4) 1981–05–09 Puerto Rico San Juan
Win 2–0 Rafael Ayala KO 1 (4) 1981–03–05 Puerto Rico Trujillo Alto
Win 1–0 Puerto Rico Inocencio Carmona PTS 4 1981–02–02 Puerto Rico San Juan Professional debut.

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Preceded by
Mike McCallum
Vacated
WBA Light Middleweight Champion
21 Nov 1987 – 24 Nov 1990
vacates title
Succeeded by
Gilbert Dele
Preceded by
Roberto Durán
vacated title
WBC Middleweight Champion
24 Nov 1990 – 8 May 1993
Succeeded by
Gerald McClellan
Preceded by
Gerald McClellan
vacated title
WBC Middleweight Champion
17 Mar 1995 – 19 Aug 1995
Succeeded by
Quincy Taylor