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John Jackson's Boxing Heritage Shows in Victory

Oct. 1, 2007 — As John Jackson began to pummel his opponent against the ropes Saturday evening, those attending the amateur boxing matches at Gladys Abraham Elementary School might have been able to close their eyes and picture his father — former boxing champ Julian Jackson — during his heyday.
There were four bouts scheduled on Saturday's card boxing card, and the Virgin Islands won them all in convincing fashion.
The first bout was a lightweight fight between St. Thomas' Wilfred Todman and Puerto Rico's Pedro Vincente. Todman dominated all four rounds, collecting a total of 33:17 points on the way to a gold-medal victory.
In the second and highly anticipated bout of the evening, the V.I.'s Samuel Rogers went up against Miguel Cruz in a light-welterweight fight. Rogers went right to work as the bell rang, working multiple combos to the body and face. Cruz's attempts to dodge and weave — and even tie up his opponent — were useless, for as soon as the ref parted the two fighters Rogers would resume his relentless assault. The four-round bout was called at the 1:43 mark during the last round, because of the large difference in points accumulated by Rogers.
John Jackson stepped into the ring for the third bout of the evening, facing off against Puerto Rico's John Perez. It was clear from the start that Perez was in for a long night, as Jackson's hands were moving so fast that Perez didn't know where to block. Jackson continued this trend throughout the fight, until the ref finally called it off at the 1:43 mark in the fourth round, because of the difference in points.
While John Jackson was dominant during the fight, his older brother Julius also wanted to show what he could do inside the ring. In the final fight of the evening, Julius went up against Wesly Maldonado. Unlike his brother, Julius was not the immediate aggressor, but allowed his opponent to come after him. He used his speed to dodge Maldonado's attempts, and countered with damaging blows to the face and body.
After wearing down his opponent, Julius became the aggressor, following Maldonado from corner to corner, trapping him against the ropes and using his combos. The fight, which was awarded best bout of the night, was stopped in the second round at the 1:57 mark, sparing Maldonado any additional injuries.
Sponsored by the Department of Housing, Parks and Recreation, the back-to-school event was held in preparation for the World Boxing Championships, in which Todman, both Jacksons and Clayton Laurent and Otoniel Ortiz will take part. They will kick off in Chicago later this month.
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Oct. 1, 2007 -- As John Jackson began to pummel his opponent against the ropes Saturday evening, those attending the amateur boxing matches at Gladys Abraham Elementary School might have been able to close their eyes and picture his father -- former boxing champ Julian Jackson -- during his heyday.
There were four bouts scheduled on Saturday's card boxing card, and the Virgin Islands won them all in convincing fashion.
The first bout was a lightweight fight between St. Thomas' Wilfred Todman and Puerto Rico's Pedro Vincente. Todman dominated all four rounds, collecting a total of 33:17 points on the way to a gold-medal victory.
In the second and highly anticipated bout of the evening, the V.I.'s Samuel Rogers went up against Miguel Cruz in a light-welterweight fight. Rogers went right to work as the bell rang, working multiple combos to the body and face. Cruz's attempts to dodge and weave -- and even tie up his opponent -- were useless, for as soon as the ref parted the two fighters Rogers would resume his relentless assault. The four-round bout was called at the 1:43 mark during the last round, because of the large difference in points accumulated by Rogers.
John Jackson stepped into the ring for the third bout of the evening, facing off against Puerto Rico's John Perez. It was clear from the start that Perez was in for a long night, as Jackson's hands were moving so fast that Perez didn't know where to block. Jackson continued this trend throughout the fight, until the ref finally called it off at the 1:43 mark in the fourth round, because of the difference in points.
While John Jackson was dominant during the fight, his older brother Julius also wanted to show what he could do inside the ring. In the final fight of the evening, Julius went up against Wesly Maldonado. Unlike his brother, Julius was not the immediate aggressor, but allowed his opponent to come after him. He used his speed to dodge Maldonado's attempts, and countered with damaging blows to the face and body.
After wearing down his opponent, Julius became the aggressor, following Maldonado from corner to corner, trapping him against the ropes and using his combos. The fight, which was awarded best bout of the night, was stopped in the second round at the 1:57 mark, sparing Maldonado any additional injuries.
Sponsored by the Department of Housing, Parks and Recreation, the back-to-school event was held in preparation for the World Boxing Championships, in which Todman, both Jacksons and Clayton Laurent and Otoniel Ortiz will take part. They will kick off in Chicago later this month.
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