Dear Media Partners,
For 340 Boxing champ John Jackson (20-2, 15 KOs,) Sunday night’s win over seasoned Filipino southpaw Dennis Laurente (49-6, 30 KOs) all came down to a well-executed game plan that put his height, reach and speed to good use.
Jackson’s bout against Laurente was part of a televised Premier Boxing Champions fight card from Full Sail University in Winter Park, Florida and the official debut of the “PBC – the Next Round” series on Bounce TV, which is meant to showcase boxing’s “rising stars and future champions,” according to the network’s official website. Jackson has said this bout would put him in contention for Floyd Mayweather’s recently vacated world title.
The fight went the full 10 rounds, leaving Jackson the winner by unanimous decision, with all three judges scoring the fight 100-89 in his favor. “I think this was about patience,” 340 Boxing Managing Partner Lesley Comissiong said after the fight. “His opponent was a seasoned veteran and he recognized he wasn’t going to be able to knock him out with one punch, so it was about being effective, scoring and justkeeping the punches going.”
From the first few seconds Sunday, Jackson dominated the fight, giving the older Laurente a continuing mix of body shots, uppercuts and well-aimed jabs. A right to the face from Jackson in the third round put Laurente on the mat briefly – only the third knockdown of his career – and while Laurente tried to keep Jackson against the ropes during several rounds, Jackson’s defense allowed him to break free quickly.
“I saw some good opportunities in the fight and I took them,” Jackson said after the fight. “After the knock down, I didn’t want to get too anxious, so I just kept boxing him in and breaking him down. He’s a veteran, so I knew even if I knocked him down, he would still be good, so I just kept to the game plan and got the easy win.”
The game plan from coaches Julian “the Hawk” Jackson and David Rogers Sr. included using Jackson’s height and reach to his advantage.
“I think I definitely used them to my advantage, keeping him outside, using my footwork and my head movement to make him miss and put him in spots where I wanted him,” Jackson said later. “The game plan worked perfectly.”
Jackson will move on to fight the winner of Sunday’s second televised bout, Jorge Cota Lugo (25-1) out of Mexico.