John David Jackson (boxer)

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John David Jackson
Nickname(s) Action
Rated at Light middleweight
Super middleweight
Height 5 ft 10 12 in (179 cm)
Reach 74 in (188 cm)
Nationality American
Born (1963-05-17) May 17, 1963 (age 53)
Denver, Colorado, U.S.
Stance Southpaw
Boxing record
Total fights 41
Wins 36
Wins by KO 20
Losses 4
No contests 1

John David Jackson (born May 17, 1963) is an American former professional boxer who competed from 1984 to 1999, and currently works as a boxing trainer.[1] He won the WBO junior middleweight title in 1988, making six successful defenses. In 1993 he won the WBA middleweight title, losing in his first defense the following year. Today, Jackson is best known as the trainer for light heavyweight champion Sergey Kovalev.

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.

Professional boxing record[edit]

36 Wins (20 knockouts, 16 decisions), 4 Losses (2 knockouts, 2 decisions), 1 No Contest [1]
Res. Record Opponent Type Rd., Time Date Location Notes
Win 36-4 United States Dave Boone TKO 2 (12) 1999-09-25 United States Pechanga Resort and Casino, Temecula, California
Loss 35-4 Argentina Jorge Fernando Castro UD 10 1998-02-20 Argentina Cipolletti, Rio Negro Province For WBA Fedelatin Super Middleweight title.
Loss 35-3 United States Bernard Hopkins TKO 7 (12), 2:22 1997-04-19 United States Shreveport Municipal Memorial Auditorium, Shreveport, Louisiana For IBF Middleweight title.
Loss 35-2 Sudan Abdullah Ramadan SD 10 1996-11-20 United States Fort Lauderdale, Florida
Win 35-1 United States Augustine Renteria PTS 10 1996-06-29 United States Fantasy Springs Resort Casino, Indio, California
Win 34-1 United States Guy Stanford UD 10 1995-12-16 United States CoreStates Spectrum, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Win 33-1 United States James Green PTS 8 1995-04-29 United States US Air Arena, Landover, Maryland
Loss 32-1 Argentina Jorge Fernando Castro TKO 9 (12), 2:34 1994-12-10 Mexico Estadio de Beisbol Monterrey, Monterrey, Nuevo Leon For WBA Middleweight title.
Win 32-0 Puerto Rico Danny Garcia KO 7 (10) 1994-09-24 United States Bally's Park Place, Atlantic City, New Jersey
Win 31-0 United States Jeff Johnson RTD 7 (12) 1994-05-06 United States Boardwalk Hall, Atlantic City, New Jersey
Win 30-0 United States Reggie Johnson UD 12 1993-10-01 Argentina Estadio Obras Sanitarias, Buenos Aires Won WBA Middleweight title. Later stripped.
Win2 29-0 United States Charles LaCour TKO 3 (12) 1993-09-03 United States Tucson, Arizona Non-title fight. Catchweight at 160 lbs.
Win 28-0 Italy Michele Mastrodonato TKO 10 (12), 1:14 1992-12-19 Italy Palazzetto dello Sport, San Severo, Apulia Retained WBO Light Middleweight title.
Win 27-0 Mexico Sergio Medina UD 10 1992-10-22 United States Marriott Hotel, Irvine, California
Win 26-0 United States Eric Martin PTS 10 1992-09-19 United States Pacific Sports Center, Tacoma, Washington
Win 25-0 United States Pat Lawlor RTD 9 (12), 3:00 1992-06-09 United States San Francisco Civic Auditorium, San Francisco, California Retained WBO Light Middleweight title.
Win 24-0 United States Tyrone Trice UD 12 1991-07-21 United States Atlantic City Race Course, Atlantic City, New Jersey Retained WBO Light Middleweight title.
Win 23-0 Dominican Republic Joaquin Velasquez UD 10 1991-05-10 United States Central Maine Civic Center, Lewiston, Maine
Win 22-0 United Kingdom Chris Pyatt UD 12 1990-10-23 United Kingdom Granby Halls, Leicester, Leicestershire Retained WBO Light Middleweight title.
Win 21-0 Colombia Brinatty Maquilon UD 10 1990-07-24 United States Trump Plaza Hotel and Casino, Atlantic City, New Jersey
NC 20-0 France Martin Camara NC 11 1990-02-17 France Hotel Deauville, Chatillon, Hauts-de-Seine Retained WBO Light Middleweight title.
Win 20-0 Mexico Ruben Villaman KO 2 (10) 1989-12-01 United States Tucson, Arizona
Win 19-0 United States Steve Little TKO 8 (12) 1989-04-22 United States The Palace of Auburn Hills, Auburn Hills, Michigan Retained WBO Light Middleweight title.
Win 18-0 Mexico Lupe Aquino RTD 7 (12), 3:00 1988-12-08 United States Cobo Arena, Detroit, Michigan Won vacant WBO Light Middleweight title.
Win 17-0 United States Aniseto Ramos TKO 4 (10) 1988-10-07 United States The Palace of Auburn Hills, Auburn Hills, Michigan
Win 16-0 United States Davey Moore UD 10 1987-07-21 United States Resorts Casino Hotel, Atlantic City, New Jersey
Win 15-0 United States Sidney Outlaw TKO 6 (12), 2:04 1987-01-13 United States The Blue Horizon, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania Won vacant USA Pennsylvania Light Middleweight title.
Win 14-0 United States Johnny Banks Walker KO 1 (8) 1986-11-25 United States Harrah's Marina, Atlantic City, New Jersey
Win 13-0 United States Tony Ojo TKO 3 (8), 1:13 1986-10-28 United States Betsy Ross Inn, Pennsauken, New Jersey
Win 12-0 United States Milton Leaks UD 8 1986-07-31 United States Atlantic City, New Jersey
Win 11-0 United States Mike Castronova TKO 1 (8) 1986-06-14 United States Governor Mifflin Intermediate School Gym, Shillington, Pennsylvania
Win 10-0 Puerto Rico Orlando Montalvo KO 2 (10), 0:52 1986-02-25 United States The Tropicana, Atlantic City, New Jersey
Win 9-0 United States Vincent Mays TKO 5 (6), 2:15 1985-09-04 United States Resorts Casino Hotel, Atlantic City, New Jersey
Win 8-0 United States Robert Thomas UD 8 1985-07-18 United States Golden Eagle Caterers, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Win 7-0 United States Billy Joe TKO 1 (8), 2:31 1985-06-13 United States Resorts Casino Hotel, Atlantic City, New Jersey
Win 6-0 United States Gary Tibbs TKO 4 (6), 0:45 1985-03-20 United States The Sands, Atlantic City, New Jersey
Win 5-0 United States Felipe Montellano UD 6 1984-10-17 United States Harrah's Marina, Atlantic City, New Jersey
Win 4-0 United States Louis Owens UD 6 1984-06-26 United States Atlantic City, New Jersey
Win 3-0 United States Robert Thomas PTS 6 1084-05-10 United States Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Win 2-0 United States Keith Todd KO 3 (4) 1984-04-11 United States Catholic Youth Center, Scranton, Pennsylvania
Win 1-0 United States Kimbrady Carriker KO 1 (4) 1984-03-11 United States The Sands, Atlantic City, New Jersey Professional debut.
Preceded by
Inaugural champion
WBO Light Middleweight Champion
8 December 1988 – 30 October 1993
Succeeded by
Verno Phillips
Preceded by
Reggie Johnson
WBA Middleweight Champion
1 October 1993 – Aug 1994
Succeeded by
Jorge Castro

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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