Tommy Jackson (boxer)
|Real name||Thomas Jackson|
|Born||August 9, 1931
Sparta, Georgia, U.S.
|Died||February 14, 1982(aged 50)|
|Wins by KO||16|
Thomas "Tommy" Jackson (August 9, 1931 – February 14, 1982), often known as "Hurricane" Jackson was an American professional boxer who competed from 1951 to 1961. In July 1957, he fought Floyd Patterson for the heavyweight championship. Jackson was noted for his stamina and unorthodox style as a fighter. He was trained and managed by Whitey Bimstein.
While Jackson never won the heavyweight title, he defeated some notable heavyweights, including former champion Ezzard Charles, whom Jackson beat twice in 1955. In February 1956, he was ranked behind Archie Moore as a contender for Rocky Marciano's heavyweight title.
He fought two bouts with Floyd Patterson. In June 1956 he and Patterson fought in an elimination fight to see who would fight for the heavyweight championship left vacant by Rocky Marciano's retirement. Jackson lost a twelve-round split decision. In July 1957 Jackson fought Patterson again, this time for the heavyweight championship held by Patterson. Jackson lost in the tenth round by technical knockout. He fought on with limited success and had his final bout in 1960. After a few exhibition bouts in 1961, he retired.
In his later life he worked shining shoes and as a taxi driver. While driving his cab in late 1981 he was hit by a car and was critically injured. He died in 1982 in New York City.
Jackson was famous for bravery in the ring and at times taking much punishment. At one stage his license was suspended to help recovery.
His overall career record was 35 wins (with 16 knockouts), nine losses, and one draw.
- "For one thing, judges in the past have been impressed, perhaps more than they should have been, by Jackson's curious but relentless pawings and slappings, by his stamina and by his ability to confuse prizefighters trained to contend with orthodoxy." Sports Illustrated, July 29, 1957
- New Jersey Boxing Hall of Fame - Whitey Bimstein
- Pictorial History of boxing by Andre & Fleischer