The Chef earned a first round TKO win in his last bout on August 17th (Photo courtesy of Team Chef).
Undefeated Super Middleweight Gets Down to Business
Written by John Archibald, Resolution Sports
It is nearly impossible to find another fighter in boxing, or any other sport for that matter, quite like Julius “The Chef” Jackson (16-0, 12 KOs). The undefeated Virgin Islands native is the son of Boxing Hall of Famer Julian “The Hawk” Jackson, brother of hard-hitting junior middleweight John Jackson (17-1, 14 KOs) and cousin of unbeaten junior middleweight Samuel Rogers (14-0, 8 KOs), but that is just the start of it. On top of the proven boxing pedigree, The Chef is just that, a certified culinary chef, and his family success also runs into the business side of the game with fast-rising promotional group 340 Boxing.
All three active family boxers were on display recently at 340 Boxing’s latest installment of their Boxing in Paradise series, which occurred in St. Thomas on the Virgin Islands on August 17th. It was a clean sweep for all three fighters, with each earning convincing victories. Of the three boxers, Julius had the shortest evening in the ring, running through Julius Fogle (16-9, 11 KOs) to earn a first round TKO.
“I went into the ring feeling very comfortable,” The Chef said of his bout. “I feel like I’m really getting used to the ring and all of the lights. I felt very comfortable, almost like I was in the gym. I went out there using my jab first because I really wanted my jab to shine in this fight. Coming off the jab, I was able to land some quick combinations, and then we actually had a clash of the heads. He took about two minutes off after that, and it kind of obstructed his lip. When we got started again, I hit him with a combination and then with a right hand to the body. He took a knee after that first body shot. The ref counted to eight, and then I decided to go right back to the body when the action started again. Right at the bell, he told the ref he didn’t want to fight anymore, so it was a quick first round knockout.”
Jackson has now needed just 42 rounds to rail off 16 consecutive victories to start his professional career, with 12 of those bouts getting stopped early. When asked if he had concerns about the fact that he has gotten rid of so many of his opponents in such quick fashion, Jackson admitted he has thought about it to some degree.
“I worry a little. It does make opponents not want to fight you, which is a concern of mine,” he laughed. “I don’t feel like I’m a knockout artist like my brother, but it has been happening more often recently. We’ll just see where the game takes me, you know?”
In addition to his achievements inside the squared circle, Jackson has enjoyed considerable success outside of the ring as well in his second career as a culinary chef and also with the promotional group his family co-founded, 340 Boxing.
“It’s been a great relationship,” Jackson said of working with his family as business partners. “We have a great foundation as a family. We are very honest and open, which is a good thing when it comes to business. My dad and uncle handle things very well. We’re definitely trying to get into the marketing side of fighting, as far as getting our names out there and getting exposure. We’ve really been working on those aspects of the game. Everlast has started sponsoring me, so things are truly starting to come together on the business end. It has gone well so far, and we hope that it just continues to get better and better.”
And while 2013 has already been a good year all-around for Jackson and his family, he feels that the best is still to come.
“Look forward to us being on national television, for sure,” he predicted. “We’re looking at doing something in October on Showtime, and we will definitely be staying on top of that to make sure it happens. Also, look out for me! I might be doing some stuff on the Food Network, chef-ing it up. Look out for things like that, and you can find out about all of it as it happens by following me on Instagram and Twitter (@juliusthechef1). I’ll keep you posted on everything.”
Without a doubt, a lot of good things appear to be on the menu for The Chef and his family, both inside and outside of the ring. I personally cannot wait to see what they serve up next.