Julian The Hawk Jackson Interview: Virgin Islands Boxing Invades The USA
By Robert Brizel, Real Combat Media Correspondent
In a Real Combat Media International Exclusive, former World Junior Middleweight and Middleweight Champion Julian Jackson, 52, brought a contingency of United States Virgin Islands fight fans to cheer on his son, light middleweight prospect John Jackson, and light middleweight prospect Samuel Rogers, both of whom won their professional bouts with Julian in the corner on ESPN 2 and ESPN Deportes on the undercard of a six bout card at Superstar Theater at Resorts Hotel Casino in Atlantic City, New Jersey, on March 13, 2013.
Another son, Julius Jackson, did not fight when his scheduled opponent pulled out.
A large contingency of Virgin Islanders, with John Jackson in center, held the Virgin Islands flag at ringside cheering the fight festivities after John won his bout.
Real Combat Media: “How do you feel about your two sons becoming professional boxers?”
Julian ‘The Hawk Jackson: “My kids boxing? (John and Julius) I feel real good about it. They decided they wanted to follow in my footsteps. ”
Real Combat Media: “Did they learn boxing in childhood from your example?”
Julian ‘The Hawk’ Jackson: “God has been instrumental in their lives. They came (grew) up in the right way. They understand how hard work is a sacrifice.”
Real Combat Media: “How hard did you have to work as world champion?”
Julian ‘The Hawk’ Jackson: “I had to work, train hard and sacrifice. The guys (my sons) are learning how to work, hard, sacrifice, and respect others.”
Real Combat Media: “How do you feel today, looking back now?”
Julian ‘The Hawk’ Jackson: “I feel blessed. I had 64 pro fights, won 55, lost six, knocked out 49 opponents, and I still have all of my faculties and my right mind. After all that, I am fine. People are amazed when they see me. They say I look so good. They say Julian, you look like you’re ready to step back in the ring and fight right now!”
Real Combat Media: “What do you remember about your middleweight bouts with Gerald ‘G-Man’ McClellan?”
Julian ‘The Hawk ‘Jackson: ” Gerald was an amazing (world) champion, an incredible athlete. We’ve seen each other twice since he got hurt in 1994 (in his 1995 WBC Super Middleweight World Title bout) against Nigel Benn. I think the last time I saw Gerald was at a Hall of Fame benefit. He did not come down to the event, so I went up to his room. I spent some time talking with him privately, as a friend.”
Real Combat Media: “What was it like being in the ring with Gerald McClellan?”
Julian ‘The Hawk’ Jackson: “It was an amazing experience to be in the ring with him. Gerald was an amazing fighter, an amazing athlete. I still remember. It was just incredible what Gerald could do inside the ring. I sent my love to Gerald and his sister Lisa, I love them very much.”
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