Just about two weeks after coming home with their most recent wins from abroad, V.I. professional boxers John Jackson, Julius Jackson and Samuel Rogers are looking at taking the next big steps in their careers, which according to 340 Boxing managers could mean headlining some major fights on the mainland.
340 Boxing announced this week that Julius Jackson has been tapped as chief sparring partner for World Boxing Council champ Sergio Martinez (50-2-2 with 28 KOs), who is preparing for his highly anticipated bout against England’s Martin Murray (25-0-1 with 11 KOs).
Jackson (15-0 with 11 KOs) and 340 professional boxer Samuel Rogers (13-0 with 7 KOs) will be heading to Martinez’s training camp in Spain on April 3. Martinez will be fighting in his native Argentina on April 27, taking on Murray – the World Boxing Association’s undefeated interim middleweight champion – in a middleweight title fight booked at the country’s famous Club Atlético Vélez Sarsfield in Buenos Aires.
HBO World Championship Boxing will be providing live coverage of the event.
“It’s an honor to be personally chosen by such a great champion to help him get ready for his next fight,” Julius Jackson said Monday. “It lets me know that we are being recognized for our skills and work ethic.”
“It is also definitely going to get us some great exposure, which will help our careers,” he said. “We also get to learn a lot by sparring and training with an accomplished fighter like Sergio. It’s an all around great boost.”
April’s fight will be Martinez’s first since last September, when he defeated Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. and regained his WBC belt. The territory’s boxers also flew to California to help to prep Martinez for the fight, which he won by unanimous decision after going 12 rounds at the Thomas and Mack Center in Las Vegas.
Julius Jackson and Rogers also recently celebrated wins of their own – Jackson in Panama after knocking out opponent Jhonatan Ricar (9-6 with 7 KOs) two minutes into the second round, and Rogers in Atlantic City, where he won by unanimous decision after going six rounds against opponent Ivan Ziglar (7-3-1).
Meanwhile the boxing company also announced that John Jackson (15-1 with 14 KOs) has been ranked No. 15 in his weight class by the World Boxing Council – a move that could get him on some major fight cards on the mainland.
John Jackson’s performance in bouts over the past few months have helped to boost his status. Just two weeks ago, he scored an easy first-round knockout on ESPN2’s March 8 “Friday Night Fights” card, which stunned crowds watching from the stands in Atlantic City, N.J.
“I really thank God for this latest accomplishment,” John Jackson said of his new ranking. “It just feels good to see that our hard work is paying off and being recognized.”
“We want to continue to thank all the people here that support us every day. This means a lot for the territory and for 340 Boxing as well. It shows that we, as fighters, are up there with the best in the industry, and that we are ready to take over the boxing world.”
As his ranking continues to rise, 340 managers are gearing up for future bouts, which they said could bring the 23-year-old boxer back into the media spotlight as a featured contender on up-and-coming fight cards.
“We have several things in the works for all three of our professional boxers,” 340 manager Jose “Tony” Rosario said over the weekend. “This latest development in John’s career will really help to catapult him forward, and we are extremely proud of what he has been able to accomplish – especially with just 16 professional fights under his belt.”
“This announcement by the WBC is really a testament to John’s talent as a boxer, along with his hard work and determination. We look forward to the day when we can announce that he has been named No. 1.”
Details of upcoming fights will be made public once confirmed.