About a 7 months ago, 340 boxing champ Julius Jackson was in Cordoba, Argentina, dominating in the ring against Nicolas Dario Lopez, who he dropped by technical knockout in the ninth round to pick up the vacant WBA Fedebol Super Welterweight title.
That burgundy and gold Fedebol belt was on full display at a press conference Friday on St. Thomas, as 340 Boxing officials announced that Jackson would return to Argentina Monday for a birthday bout to defend the title against seasoned fighter Crispulo Javier Andino (17-6-1, 3 KOs.)
“This young man is a very good opponent, and this is a good challenge for Julius at this point in his career,” 340 Boxing promoter Lesley Comissiong said at the press conference. Comissiong said Andino is coming in with a total of 24 fights and 104 rounds of boxing under his belt compared to Jackson’s 51 rounds, but Jackson is still undefeated after 17 fights and said Friday he plans to emerge from next week’s bout with that record still intact.
“Any fight we take on now can potentially take me to the next level, and every opponent can be seen as another opportunity to move up,” Jackson said Friday. “And I’m pretty sure that after I knock this guy out, we’ll have the chance to take on some of those bigger names, and I’m definitely excited for that chance.”
While Jackson has not had a bout since his the title fight in Argentina, he has kept sharp with sparring excursions, first to Spain to train with champ Sergio Martinez and most recently to California for a few weeks with Gennady Golovkin, the undefeated fighter who will defend his title at the end of July against Australia’s Daniel Geale in the big ring at Madison Square Garden.
“The camp in California was an amazing experience,” said Jackson’s father and trainer, three-time world boxing champion Julian “The Hawk” Jackson. “The air up there in Big Bear is very thin, due to the high altitude, so doing six rounds there is like doing 12 somewhere else. That’s why Golovkin trains there and Julius, who wanted to improve his strength and stamina, was able to go a full seven rounds and that really says a lot.”
The time off has also not hurt Jackson’s ratings. Jackson, who will turn 27 on the day of his upcoming bout, has maintained high rankings with all four boxing councils despite the time off, Comissiong added.
The bout is the main event on a Boxeo Internacional fight card scheduled for Aug. 1 at Cordoba’s Union Electrica Club.