340 Boxing officials announced Saturday night that V.I. fighter John Jackson will be appearing on a televised Premier Boxing Champions fight card from Full Sail University in Winter Park, FLA on August 2nd at 9 p.m. ET with a world title bout between Juan Carlos “Baby Pacquiao” Payano (16-0, 8 Kos) and Rau’shee “Nuke” Warren (13-0, 4 Kos) live on the university’s campus.
The broadcast will also include two 10-round bouts, including a face-off between Jackson (19-2, 15 KOs) and Dennis Laurente (49-5, 30 KOs,) a Filipino southpaw that Jackson said may have more fights under his belt, but is no match for his confidence and training.
“I’ve been focusing on throwing a lot more combos, in everything I do, I’m looking at putting in the work instead of going for one hard punch,” Jackson said of his ongoing fight strategy. “I’ve been looking at my opponent, I know he’s a southpaw, I know he’s very tough, but I’m very confident and excited to get back in the ring again and show what I can do.”
Jackson said he hopes a win against Laurente will launch him into contention for Floyd Mayweather’s recently vacated world title. It’s been seven months since Jackson has been in the ring – his last bout was in Nov. 2014 against Argentina’s Carlos Adan Jerez.
340 Boxing will keep the public updated on upcoming bout details, including local ticket and travel deals.
Boxing officials also announced Saturday that they are still negotiating a bout for Julius Jackson (19-0, 15 KOs,) who is also looking to get back in the ring since his last fight against Jonathon Nelson (19-2, 9 KOs.) Julius Jackson is currently ranked #5 by the International Boxing Federation (IBF) in the Super Middleweight category.
Julius, according to 340 Boxing managing partner Lesley Comissiong, aims to take over the IBF’s #1 slot.