WBC-Youth Light Middleweight Champion
John “Dah Rock” Jackson, was born January 16, 1989 on St. Thomas Virgin Islands to former three-time world champion Julian “The Hawk” Jackson Sr. and Debra Parson. John hails from a large family with eight siblings.
John started boxing at the age of 11. As an amateur, he was 4 time gold medallist at the Caribbean Amateur Boxing Association Junior Championships (CABA) and won the title “Best Boxer” 3 times. In 2005, John took part in the Annual Amateur Champion of Champions tournament, held in Liverpool, England where he won the bronze medal in his division. He also qualified for the Pan American Games in Brazil, went to Olympic Qualifiers and made it to the 2008 Beijing Olympics. Shortly after the Olympics he turned professional and is now fighting at 154 pounds in the light middle weight division, with a record of (13-0 12KOs). His first four professional bouts took place in the Virgin Islands at the UVI Sports and Fitness Center for the “Boxing in Paradise” events. But John and the rest of 340Boxing have travelled and fought extensively outside the US. They have amassed fans in countries all over the worlds asking for pictures, autographs, hugs and small talk. John is most well-known for his speed, his hard-hitting, his knockout record and the ‘intense’ stare down that he gives his opponent. There were several times when fighters were in place to fight John, and after doing research on him they pulled out because of his record and history..
On December 17, 2011 at the 49th Annual WBC Convention, Jackson defeated Keandre “Lightning”Leatherwood (whose record was 9-0 at the time) in the 6th round with a TKO. John not only handed him his first loss but he earned the title of Youth World Boxing Champion. John was honored to have Former WBC Champion ‘Marvelous’ Marvin Hagler put on his belt after his win.
Not only does he box, but is also on the big screen. John likes to refer to himself as “Denzel Jr.” when he has to go on set and perform because he says he is a multi-talented young man. John was featured in a music video “Push It” with JDPP a local band based from St. Thomas. He’s also featured in several commercials from Cruzan Rum, F.A.R.I. Clothing, and was featured in a TV series “Countdown to Vegas”. John is also a motivational speaker to kids and adults as well. He speaks about the dedication and hard work that have enabled him on his journey to becoming the champion he is today. He is the father of two boys, John Jackson, Jr. and Jeremiah Jackson, who serve as his primary motivation in everything he does.