Jackson with IBO and WBA Middleweight Champion Gennady "GGG" Golovkin (Photo courtesy of Team Jackson).
Written by John Archibald, Resolution Sports
Undefeated super middleweight Julius “The Chef” Jackson (17-0, 13 KOs) is wrapping up another training camp, but this one was a bit different than your average camp. This time around, Jackson and his Boxing Hall of Fame father, Julian, trained in Big Bear, California, working alongside the thunder-fisted Gennady “GGG” Golovkin (28-0, 25 KOs), who is the current IBO and WBA Middleweight Champion of the World.
“My dad and (Golovkin trainer) Abel Sanchez are good friends and know each other well,” the six-foot Virgin Islands native said of how the ball got rolling on the invitation to this camp. “My dad actually threw it out there to him a while back that I’m an up-and-coming super middleweight, and I’m available if he’s looking for some good sparring. That was when GGG was going to fight Curtis Stevens, and Abel told my dad that he wanted to use me but couldn’t this time because they were fighting a shorter fighter. Now that GGG is fighting is Adama, a taller guy, Abel called my dad and let him know that they could use me, so I was in.”
With an 89% knockout ratio, Golovkin has firmly established himself as one of the hardest hitters in the game of boxing. Jackson confirmed that the power of the Kazakhstan slugger is indeed what it is said to be, and he has actually been able to pick up a few pointers during this camp on how to increase the severity on his own punches.
“It’s been tremendous work, man. This guy can hit!” Jackson laughed. “It’s true what they say on TV, I’ll tell you that. This guy can hit. We’ve worked great together with him, and it’s been really good. I’ve learned a lot from him, and I’ve been giving him a different kind of look because I’m a different kind of fighter. He seems to have been happy with the work we’ve given him, so everything has been going well.”
Jackson says that in addition to his power, there are many other aspects in the game of Golovkin that are often overlooked.
“He really sits on his punches, and he has good timing. He has a good eye on him,” Jackson stated. “He doesn’t waste many punches. He waits for the right time to throw the right punches, and I think that’s what makes him really difficult. Some hard punchers just wing, but he is very selective and picks the right shots. That’s what makes him so dangerous. He’s a very accurate puncher.”
Just 26-years-old, Jackson has many good years of boxing ahead of him, and the young prospect is truly been finding his power of late. He has stopped seven consecutive opponents, and has he not needed the judges in over two years. Despite the extremely successful start to his professional career, the humble Jackson says that he has been taking full advantage of the opportunity to learn alongside Golovkin and Sanchez in this camp.
“I’m still an up-and-comer. I’m still young in the game so I’m learning from these guys, these world champions,” Jackson remarked. “I’ve been learning different techniques, learning to sit on my punches a little more and just doing things to increase my game. Training in the high altitude at Big Bear is even something that is going to make me a better fighter. My dad said that he has also been learning, too, learning from Abel and just picking up different things from these guys. It’s been a great experience, all around.”
Kicking off 2014 with a world championship camp has been a great way for Jackson to start the year, and he feels that he will use this early momentum to catapult himself into a very successful campaign in 2014.
“Hopefully, I’ll be back in the ring in March, probably back home somewhere in the Virgin Islands and fighting on TV,” he concluded. “After that, I’m hoping to fight on a big network. I’m trying to get these bigger fights on bigger TV networks, and that’s really the goal for ’14. Hopefully, by the end of the year, I’ll be fighting for my first world title. Meanwhile, I’ll just be working my way up and looking for bigger fights on bigger networks. That’s the goal for 2014.”
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