When the fight was announced months ago, John Jackson was the only 340 boxer without an opponent, but he appeared as the main event Saturday against journeyman Tony Hirsch — sparring partner for international boxing champion Andre Ward. Jackson had a medical issue that couldn’t be taken care of before the fight, but his coaches said afterward that he was able to push through successfully.
The bout went the full eight rounds, but when the dust cleared, Jackson was declared the winner by unanimous decision: 79-73, 77-75, 78-74.
“He was a good fighter, but I was able to use my jab, and after I got him good a couple of times, I started to gain power,” Jackson said after the fight. “I feel good that we pulled through and I thank God for the win.”