By Boxing Bob Newman
The boxing world has lost another of it’s truly “good guys.” Claude Andrus Jackson passed in his sleep this morning at Harbor Hospice in Beaumont, TX. He had been hospitalized with serious medical complications back in April of this year and had struggled with his recovery ever since.
Jackson was a former NABF president (2001-2005) and has been an active member of the NABF and WBC for the past two-plus decades. In addition to his term as president, he was Vice-President for 4 years and a member of our Executive Committee for the past 16. Jackson led the NABF ratings committee for 15 years and has been a member of the WBC ratings committee for 13 – the past 7 as vice-chairman.
He served as WBC International Secretary for 6 years and as a member of the Continental Americas Championships committee for 10, being interim chair for a period of 7 months following the death of that group’s longtime president Roy Van Putten.
Considered the WBC’s resident historian, Jackson composed the history of the NABF and updated it each year for the convention journal.
Prior to becoming involved with the NABF and WBC he was a writer for various boxing publications, a charter member of the Budweiser Ratings Panel formed by Bert Sugar circa 1977, and was a sports announcer for a Clear-Channel communications radio station in his home area on the Texas gulf coast.
At this year’s NABF convention in Chicago, Jackson was named “Fighter of the Year” as he fought valiantly to recover and get back to work with his boxing family- the WBC and NABF.
Away from boxing, Claude was semi-retired after working for many years as Vice-President and CFO of a family owned business dealing in parts for autos, trucks, and construction equipment. He was an elected member of the vestry of his church, Holy Trinity Episcopal, and serves as parish treasurer. Claude Jackson was a good natured, humble and fair man, with a heart as big as his home state of Texas. He was 63 years old. Funeral arrangements are pending.
Thanks to Jill Diamond and Deb Hawkins for their invaluable help in compiling this report.