"The Chef" hopes to carve up another victory on Saturday night in Panama (Photo courtesy of Team Jackson).
Written by John Archibald, Resolution Sports
One week after watching his brother, John, and cousin, Samuel Rogers, score dominant wins at Resorts Casino in Atlantic City, undefeated super middleweight Julius “The Chef” Jackson (14-0, 10 KOs) will return to action on Saturday night in Panama City, Panama. Originally slated to fight alongside his family last weekend on the ESPN Friday Night Fights card, the 2008 Olympian and Virgin Islands native will now meet Colombian Jhonatan Ricar (9-5, 7 KOs) on extremely short notice.
“The final week of training went great,” said Jackson, who flew into Panama on Thursday night. “I feel great and in top shape. I’ve been in shape for this fight for the past two weeks. I weighed 167 pounds (on Wednesday) and didn’t feel light at all. I’m just ready to go.”
While he may not have gotten the chance to notch his 15th win last Friday night, the entrepreneurial Jackson did take advantage of some other opportunities that presented themselves in Atlantic City.
“While I was there, I made some great connections that I would not have been able to make if I had fought on the card. Hopefully, we’ll be out there again soon,” he remarked. “Everything happens for a reason, and I believe God is in total control. I’m supposed to fight this Saturday, and I’m excited about that.”
When promoter Sampson Lewkowicz asked Jackson if he would be interested in fighting on the Panama show last week, he immediately responded yes despite having just eight days until the bout was going down. On top of that, he was in New Jersey and still had to travel back home to the Virgin Islands before jumping on another plane to Panama.
“I’m not too worried about it,” he said about the tough circumstances. “I’m just going to go in there ready for anything. We train for any type of style and to be ready for anything. I’m ready for whatever he has to offer, and I don’t think it will be going the distance at all.
“I’m just going to focus on using my height. I’m usually taller than the guys in my weight class. I plan to use my height and outbox him. When I box, I like to mix up combinations, and, when the time comes, take him out when the opportunity arises.”
A win on Saturday would be a landmark 15th career victory for Jackson, and the highly skilled son of three-time world champion Julian Jackson would certainly prove himself as a worthy prospect in the super middleweight division. While he is not overlooking the job he has to do this weekend to make that happen, he does have a great vision for what 2013 could have in store for him, as well as his brother and cousin.
”We’re looking to come back on April 19th for another of ESPN’s Friday Night Fights,” he stated. “Down the road, we’re looking to take it to the next level, maybe get on an HBO card soon. I’m just getting ready to fight the big boys now, and I actually can’t wait until we get to those guys. I’m excited about the future. This year should be a very good year for me and the 340 Boxing Team.”
To hear more from Julius Jackson, check out this exclusive interview with him at Resorts Casino at the conclusion of ESPN’s Friday Night Fights last week.