For super middleweight Julius “The Chef” Jackson (16-0, 12 KOs), Saturday’s fight was more about showing his home crowd how much he has grown as a fighter over the past few months. Jackson’s opponent also changed recently, switching from Trinidad and Tobago’s Joel McRae (9-3-1 with 4 KOs) to North Carolina’s Julius Fogle (17-8 with 11 KOs). Jackson landed some early shots during the bout and knocked his opponent to the knees right before the end of the first round. The bout was called shortly after, leaving Jackson the winner by way of knockout.
“I felt good, strong and fast, and I wanted to show all of our fans out there that I’ve taken it to the next level,” Jackson said after the fight. “I didn’t go wild — I stayed calm and kept my composure. We knocked heads for a minute, and usually after someone gets hurt, I go after them hard, but tonight, I waited until the time was right.”