Julian Jackson

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Julian Jackson
Statistics
Real nameJulian Jackson
Nickname(s)The Hawk
Rated atLight Middleweight
Middleweight
Height5' 11" (1.80m)
Reach73" (185cm)
NationalityAmerican
Born(1960-09-12) September 12, 1960 (age 53)
Saint Thomas, Virgin Island, United States
Boxing record
Total fights61
Wins55
Wins by KO49
Losses6
Draws0
 
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Julian Jackson
Statistics
Real nameJulian Jackson
Nickname(s)The Hawk
Rated atLight Middleweight
Middleweight
Height5' 11" (1.80m)
Reach73" (185cm)
NationalityAmerican
Born(1960-09-12) September 12, 1960 (age 53)
Saint Thomas, Virgin Island, United States
Boxing record
Total fights61
Wins55
Wins by KO49
Losses6
Draws0

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 immortal 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 boxers and have been doing well lately at the local level.

Professional boxing record[edit]

55 Wins (49 KOs), 6 Losses (6 KOs)[1]
Res.RecordOpponentTypeRound
Time
DateLocationNotes
Loss55–6United States Anthony JonesTKO9 (10)1998–05–24United States The Palace of Auburn Hills,
Auburn Hills, Michigan
Loss55–5Belize Verno PhillipsKO9 (12)
2:01
1998–01–23United States Grand Casino Tunica,
Tunica Resorts, Mississippi
Win55–4Mexico Eduardo GutiérrezTKO3 (10)1997–10–31United States Packard Music Hall,
Warren, Ohio
Win54–4United States Terry FordTKO2 (10)
1:01
1997–07–25United States Tropicana Las Vegas,
Paradise, Nevada
Win53–4United States Augustine RenteriaPTS81996–12–07United States Fantasy Springs Resort Casino,
Indio, California
Win52–4Mexico Leonardo AguilarUD101996–09–09United States Great Western Forum,
Inglewood, California
Loss51–4United States Quincy TaylorTKO6 (12)
2:33
1995–08–19United States MGM Grand Las Vegas,
Las Vegas, Nevada
Lost WBC middleweight title.
Win51–3Italy Agostino CardamoneTKO2 (12)
1:50
1995–03–17United States Worcester Memorial Auditorium,
Worcester, Massachusetts
Won vacant WBC middleweight title.
Win50–3Ecuador Luis BuitronTKO3 (10)1994–12–17Ecuador Coliseo General Rumiñahui,
Quito, Pichincha
Loss49–3United States Gerald McClellanKO1 (12)
1:23
1994–05–07United States MGM Grand Las Vegas,
Las Vegas, Nevada
For WBC middleweight title.
Win49–2Mexico Eduardo AyalaPTS101994–03–04United States MGM Grand Las Vegas,
Las Vegas, Nevada
Win48–2Mexico Jaime MontanoTKO1 (10)
1:50
1993–12–15United States The Aladdin,
Paradise, Nevada
Win47–2United States Carlton HaywoodTKO1 (10)
2:16
1993–08–06Puerto Rico Coliseo Rubén Rodríguez,
Bayamón
Loss46–2United States Gerald McClellanTKO5 (12)
2:09
1993–05–08United States Thomas & Mack Center,
Paradise, Nevada
Lost WBC middleweight title.
Win46–1United States Eddie HallTKO4 (10)1992–12–13United States The Mirage,
Las Vegas, Nevada
Win45–1United States Thomas TateUD121992–08–01United States Las Vegas Hilton,
Las Vegas, Nevada
Retained WBC middleweight title.
Win44–1United States Ron CollinsTKO5 (12)
1:27
1992–04–10Mexico El Toreo,
Mexico City
Retained WBC middleweight title.
Win43–1Puerto Rico Ismael NegronTKO1 (12)
0:50
1992–02–15United States The Mirage,
Las Vegas, Nevada
Retained WBC middleweight title.
Win42–1United States Dennis MiltonKO1 (12)
2:10
1991–09–14United States The Mirage,
Las Vegas, Nevada
Retained WBC middleweight title.
Win41–1England Herol GrahamKO4 (12)
1:13
1990–11–24Spain Torrequebrada Hotel & Casino,
Benalmádena, Andalusia
Won vacant WBC middleweight title.
Win40–1United States Wayne PowellTKO4 (10)
1:36
1990–06–16United States Caesars Palace,
Paradise, Nevada
Win39–1United States John McClendonKO2 (10)1990–05–18United States Virgin Islands Saint Thomas
Win38–1United States Terry NorrisTKO2 (12)
1:33
1989–07–30United States Atlantic City Convention Center,
Atlantic City, New Jersey
Retained WBA light-middleweight title.
Win37–1United States Derwin RichardsTKO6 (10)1989–05–13United States Great Western Forum,
Inglewood, California
Win36–1Brazil Francisco de JesusKO8 (12)
2:19
1989–02–25United States Las Vegas Hilton,
Las Vegas, Nevada
Retained WBA light-middleweight title.
Win35–1United States Buster DraytonTKO3 (12)
2:57
1988–07–30United States Harrah's Marina Resort Casino,
Atlantic City, New Jersey
Retained WBA light-middleweight title.
Win34–1United States Efren OlivoTKO1 (10)1988–06–25United States Trump Plaza Hotel and Casino,
Atlantic City, New Jersey
Win33–1United States Reggie BarnesTKO1 (10)1988–04–16United States Las Vegas Hilton,
Las Vegas, Nevada
Win32–1South Korea Baek In-ChulTKO3 (12)
1:17
1987–11–21United States Las Vegas Hilton,
Las Vegas, Nevada
Won vacant WBA light-middleweight title.
Win31–1United States Milton LeaksTKO10 (12)
0:38
1987–04–24United States Hartford Civic Center,
Hartford, Connecticut
Retained WBC Continental Americas
light-middleweight title.
Win30–1United States Khalif ShabazzKO1 (10)1986–12–19United States Virgin Islands Saint Thomas
Loss29–1Jamaica Mike McCallumTKO2 (15)
2:03
1986–08–23United States Miami Beach Convention Hall,
Miami Beach, Florida
For WBA light-middleweight title.
Win29–0United States Derrick DraneTKO2 (10)1986–05–20United States Madison Square Garden,
New York City, New York
Win28–0United States Francisco Del ToroKO2 (10)
2:05
1986–04–19United States Las Vegas Hilton,
Las Vegas, Nevada
Win27–0United States Mark AllmanTKO1 (10)1986–03–22United States Riviera Hotel and Casino,
Winchester, Nevada
Win26–0United States Lopez McGeeKO4 (12)1986–02–28United States Virgin Islands Saint ThomasRetained WBC Continental Americas
light-middleweight title.
Win25–0Cuba Raúl HernandezTKO1 (10)1985–11–15United States Tamiami Fairgrounds Auditorium,
Miami, Florida
Win24–0 José PadillaTKO3 (10)
1:22
1985–08–10United States Riviera Hotel and Casino,
Winchester, Nevada
Win23–0United States Rafael CoronaKO3 (12)1985–07–12United States Santa Clara, CaliforniaRetained WBC Continental Americas
light-middleweight title.
Win22–0United States Tim HarrisTKO8 (12)
0:18
1984–11–21United States Riviera Hotel and Casino,
Winchester, Nevada
Retained WBC Continental Americas
light-middleweight title.
Win21–0Puerto Rico Santos SolisKO2 (10)1984–11–03Puerto Rico Hiram Bithorn Stadium,
San Juan
Win20–0United States Curtis RamseyTKO121984–08–15United States Las Vegas, NevadaRetained WBC Continental Americas
light-middleweight title.
Win19–0United States Ron Lee WarriorTKO3 (12)1984–06–20Puerto Rico Hato ReyWon WBC Continental Americas
light-middleweight title.
Win18–0United States JJ CottrellTKO5 (10)
2:57
1984–05–16Puerto Rico Showboat Hotel and Casino,
Las Vegas, Nevada
Win17–0Nicaragua Eddie GazoKO2 (10)
0:36
1984–03–17Puerto Rico Hiram Bithorn Stadium,
San Juan
Win16–0United States Carlton BrownTKO1 (10)1983–01–20United States Felt Forum,
New York City, New York
Win15–0United States Jeff NelsonTKO3 (10)
2:31
1983–10–15United States James L. Knight Convention Center,
Miami, Florida
Win14–0United States David PlowdenKO3 (10)1983–06–25Puerto Rico Roberto Clemente Coliseum,
San Juan
Win13–0Cuba Reinaldo RoqueTKO1 (10)1983–05–18United States Dunes Hotel,
Las Vegas, Nevada
Win12–0United States Jake TorranceTKO5 (10)1983–03–06United States Harrah's Marina Resort Casino,
Atlantic City, New Jersey
Win11–0Northern Ireland Dominic FoxKO2 (10)1983–02–19Puerto Rico Hato Rey
Win10–0United States Mack HeimbaughTKO4 (8)1982–11–17United States St. Joseph, Missouri
Win9–0Puerto Rico Miguel SepulvedaTKO3 (8)
0:24
1982–08–18Puerto Rico Hiram Bithorn Stadium,
San Juan
Win8–0United States Al CookKO2 (8)
2:15
1982–06–08United States Miami Beach Convention Hall,
Miami Beach, Florida
Win7–0United States William PageUD61982–03–20United States Playboy Hotel and Casino,
Atlantic City, New Jersey
Win6–0Dominican Republic Dario de AsaKO3 (8)1981–09–26United States Miami Beach Convention Center,
Miami Beach, Florida
Win5–0Puerto Rico Edwin RodriguezKO1 (6)1981–08–15Puerto Rico San Juan
Win4–0Puerto Rico Reyes EscaleraTKO3 (6)1981–05–15United States Virgin Islands Saint Thomas
Win3–0Puerto Rico Marcelino FloresKO2 (4)1981–05–09Puerto Rico San Juan
Win2–0 Rafael AyalaKO1 (4)1981–03–05Puerto Rico Trujillo Alto
Win1–0Puerto Rico Inocencio CarmonaPTS41981–02–02Puerto Rico San JuanProfessional 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