Julian Jackson the Knockout Artist
When you talk of the Virgin Islands greatest boxers who have made their mark in the global arena, Julian Jackson (The Hawk) is among the first names that come to mind. Being a three-time world champion, he was known to have the punch of a mule kick. He was ranked by the Ring magazine as the 25th greatest puncher in boxing history for a good reason; throughout his career, he had won 49 matched through KO’S.
Jackson started his professional boxing career in 1981 in Puerto Rico. In 1986 he joined the WBA super welterweight champion which he lost to Mike McCallum. He got a second shot to the WBA title in 1987 after McCallum moved up to middleweight. He won in three rounds against Korean In-Chul Baek. He also had to defend his crown against Francisco DeJesus, former IBF title-holder Buster Drayton, and future three-time champion Terry Norris. He won all these matches with a single knockout punch. When he retired in 1998, he left a legacy of having won three world titles in the middleweight and junior middleweight divisions and as one of the hardest punchers of all-time with 49 KO wins.
These days, you are likely to find “The Hawk” at a modest USVI Boxing Gym in Charlotte Amalie, St. Thomas. Here, Jackson trains local kids boxing and also runs a boxing promotion company called 340 Boxing, with Sampson Lewkowicz, Lesley Comissiong and Tony Rosario.
His sons have joined him in the family business and are also rising ranks in the boxing arena. Julius Jackson is a super middleweight boxer while John Jackson is a super welterweight. Over the recent past, the two have been signed with the boxing power broker behind Floyd Mayweather, Al Haymon. On the other hand, Jackson’s owned 340 Boxing is promising to make the U.S. Virgin Islands “The Caribbean Boxing Capital.”