Ghanian born Belgian superwelterweight “Sugar” Jackson has been advised by the ringside physician Kurt Hendrick to retire from boxing after his dramatic stoppage defeat against French champion Frank Haroche Horta last Friday during the big show in Gent, Belgium. Jackson was dropped 3 times before the referee called a halt to the bout and the ringside physician ordered a 60 day suspension and some additional tests. It was Sugar’s 2nd loss in a row. He was dropped twice by Damian Jonak before losing on points in his previous fight.
Jackson, a former EBU champion and current EBU-EU champion, was scheduled to defend his title on an open-air show in his own city of Antwerp, Belgium on May 31 against Italian Langella. This show will now probably have to be cancelled or at least postponed. The question is if the EBU will allow a postponement and if the EBU will not anyway strip Jackson from his title. Technically he is entitled to keep his crown as his last 2 fights have been just over the 154lbs limit to avoid being stripped.
His manager Ronald Devulder stated in local newspapers that his boxer has at the moment a problem with his right eye but that all other tests are ok. It is thus up to his boxer to decide about his future but the boxer himself doesn’t see any reason to retire now. Trainer-manager Devulder acknowledges that his protégé is now beaten by boxers like Thabagua and Horta whom a few years back he would have had no problem with. 32 year old Jackson Osei Bonsu, once feared for his punching power, has a record of 43-7-1(29) and is father of 2 children.