By Boxing Bob Newman
The second installment of the “Boxing in Paradise” series will take place this Friday, March 27th in beautiful St. Thomas, USVI at the UVI Fitness Center. Headlining the show will be Argentine Hector David Saldivia, 28-1, 22 KOs, against Indonesia’s Daudy Bahari, 38-2, 14 KOs in a WBA Fedalatin Welterweight title bout over 11 rounds. The show promoted by 340 Promotions, Sampson Boxing in association with Warriors Boxing will also feature the second pro bouts of local sons John and Julius Jackson, the offspring of St. Thomas’ 3-time former champion Julian “The Hawk” Jackson. The eeder Jackson took time out of his busy schedule to tell Fightnews about his sons’ progress, the future of the Caribbean boxing scene and more…
Julian, how are you and your boys feeling after getting their first pro fight out of the way?
I tell you what, we made history. The response that we got and the fans that we have is icing on the cake. We’re looking forward again now to the second Boxing In Paradise on March 27th. It’s been a whirlwind since the January show. People can’t wait. We can’t go anywhere without people talking about the next show. We still have a lot of work to do and a lot of things to accomplish.
Tell us more about the buzz in the community about the last show as well as the future prospect of shows.
Man, it’s been unbelievable. People can’t wait for the next show and we can’t believe how electric the atmosphere was in January. The people here have seen boxing before, but they said it was nothing like the show in January. The fan support, the enthusiasm was off the charts. We are wondering if we can take it to the next level with thi s next show.
It was incredible to see the level of support even for Cayo, the Dominican.
Yes, we have a very wide range of nationalities here in St. Thomas. There are many Dominicans here in St. Thomas too and they came out to support Cayo big time. Sampson and Lesley (Lewkowicz and Comissiong, the respective promoters) are working really hard to put on great shows that appeal to the community and they are pushing this thing.
That leads me to my next question- how are you finding the relationship with Sampson Lewkowicz and Lesley Comissiong working out as the promoters?
Actually, it could not be done any better. Everything that happened in the first show worked out the way it was supposed to. People were on their toes. There were exciting fights. That’s what made it an exciting night. I really believe Sampson has the mind, he has the capability and the experience.
That leads me to my next question again- The matches were very competitive, especially that of Evan Nedd. He got dropped but kept his composure and scored the K.O. over a game opponent. His oppo nent didn’t come to lay down. What are you working on with him?
We’re looking to sharpen him up and get some bad habits out. He is going to be a lot more effective in his defense. We’re working on his weak points and his strong points. He has a huge heart in the ring and we’re going to make sure he gets the kind of support I never got. When he got dropped, his heart and ferocity took over. Everywhere we go, people in town ask, “Is Evan going to be on the next show. You have to have him on!”
When we talked last time, you talked about the styles of your sons- Julius the boxer and John the countering power puncher .. It turned out to be prophetic as John scored the knockout and Julius won a unanimous decision.
Exactly, Juilius is a technical fighter. He has good moves, and believe it or not, he can take a punch. John was in fight mode. He had such composure and felt no pressure at all.
Tell us about your nephew Samuel Rogers.
Oh man, Samuel did such a good job. Pertaining to styles, Samuel has a good job like Julius. We are working his power, his abilit y to punch. The fans will see it on this next fight.
Well Julian, Thank you for your time. We’re looking forward to seeing the Jackson boys in action again this Friday night and a great show overall in St. Thomas. Any words for Fightnews readers?
We really wanna thank Fightnews for their support. It is really great to have this kind of support and having fight fans see what is happening down here in the Virgin Islands. We’re going to keep going, making the investment in the future of boxing down here.