The territory’s junior middleweight champ John “Dah Rock” Jackson (18-2, 15 KOs) will return to action on Saturday, November 15, 2014, at the Quorum Córdoba Hotel in Cordoba, Argentina, against hometown veteran Carlos Adan “El Malevo” Jerez (40-17-3, 18 KOs).
Presented by Sampson Boxing, Maravillabox, Tello-Box and J.E.B. Boxing, the bout is one of the main events on a card headlined by Carolina Marcela Gutierrez (22-4-1, 13 KOs,) who will be taking on Yulihan Luna Avila (11-2, 1 KO) for the vacant IBF World female super bantamweight title.
25-year-old Jackson says his fight against Jerez — the first fighter to pin a loss on his cousin, Samuel Rogers — will give him a chance to not only “serve up some revenge,” but will also get him back into the ring Jackson’s last fight was last June at Madison Square Garden against champion “Irish” Andy Lee. Jackson had dominated the first four rounds against the highly rated Lee before running into perfectly timed right hand at 1:07 of round five.
Jackson’s promoter Sampson Lewkowicz said recently that the V.I. fighter will be able to recover from the surprise loss quickly.
“He’s a very strong, good young fighter and he learned a very important lesson against a fighter with a lot more experience,” according to Lewkowicz. “But before the lucky punch, it was apparent that John Jackson is a top fighter who can handle other highly rated contenders in his division very well. Once he gets his revenge for his cousin Samuel against Jerez, he will continue to rebuild by taking on tough foes to regain his position in the rankings. This is far from the last of John Jackson. It was just a learning experience on his way to the championship.”
Gutierrez vs. Avila and Jackson vs. Jerez will be televised live on Argentina’s TyC Sports.