Brothers John and Julius Jackson pictured with promoter Sampson Lewkowicz and cousin Samuel Rogers (Photo courtesy of Team Chef).
Main Event Features Julius Jackson Against Nicolas Dario Lopez in Battle of Unbeatens
Written by John Archibald, Resolution Sports
The two sons and nephew of former three-time world champion Julian “The Hawk” Jackson will all return to the ring on Saturday night, with the “Hawk’s Flock” taking center stage on a card in Argentina. Fighting immediately after his brother John (17-1, 14 KOs) and cousin Samuel Rogers (14-0, 8 KOs) will be Julius “The Chef” Jackson (16-0, 12 KOs), battling fellow undefeated 168-pounder Nicolas Dario Lopez (10-0, 4 KOs) in the main event of the evening.
“We’ve really stepped it up regarding a lot of things in training, and we’re definitely ready to take it to the next level,” said Jackson, who is also a certified culinary chef. “Me and the crew – John and Samuel – we’ve been training really hard, so we’re ready for this fight.”
A family whom calls the U.S. Virgin Islands their home, these three representatives of 340 Boxing have been making their professional moves in somewhat of a unison fashion, and that is something that Jackson feels is making their journey even more significant and enjoyable.
“It’s a really unique thing,” he confirmed. “My dad was actually reminiscing on it the other day. When he was coming up, it was just him by himself, and now there are three of us all at the same time. We’re all kind of in the same place in terms of rankings. It’s a very special thing to have three fighters from the same stable who are actually family members and climbing the ranks together at the same time. We love it. We love traveling together, and we always have a good time traveling, making funny jokes and just hanging out together. It’s a very special thing, and we truly cherish it.”
In the past year, Jackson has needed less than five rounds to dismantle three different opponents, something highly reminiscent of his hard-hitting father. He admits that he is facing a stern test when he steps into the ring on Saturday night, but he also feels that he is more than ready to pass the task at hand.
“I feel great, man. I feel strong,” he stated. “My opponent changed about three times. The opponent I have now, I have tape on him, and he looks good. His ranking is better than the last few guys, so it’s definitely a step-up fight. He has good technique, but I still don’t think it’ll go 10 rounds. I’m excited, man. I’m excited to jump in there. My last fight was a quick first round knockout, so I’ve been kind of eager to get back in the ring. And John and Samuel, those guys are always in shape. We’re all feeling really good. Ready to rock-n-roll.”
With his resume and pedigree, Jackson understandably has problems when it comes to finding opponents, but he just remains focused on his craft to avoid that type of volatility from affecting his training.
“It’s not too difficult to adjust (to changing opponents). I would just say that it’s a little frustrating,” he admitted. “My coach kept coming up to me during training, and I was like ‘Again? It’s changing again?’ It’s not too bad, though. We prepare for anything and all different types of styles. In our own training, we try to adapt. That’s what makes a great fighter, being able to change and adapt to different styles. We try to prepare for anything, so it’s never too difficult to adjust to a new opponent. Just a little frustrating, but that’s about it.”
Without a doubt, the Hawk’s Flock has not disappointed when the trio has been able to perform on the same card, and Jackson says that the trend will certainly continue this weekend.
“Everyone can expect great boxing,” he concluded. “We are really highly skilled athletes. We are going to show the world that we are true boxers and true athletes. We come to fight, man. The fans in Argentina have been looking forward to having us down ever since we started sparring with (WBC Middleweight Champion and Argentinian) Sergio Martinez. We plan on giving them a great show. I think we’ll probably give them a couple knockouts, too!”
This show on Saturday night is co-promotion of Sampson Boxing, 340 Boxing and Tello-Box, and it will take place at the 20,000-seat Chateau Carreras Olympic Stadium in Cordoba, Argentina.