Advertisement
Advertisement
Boxingscene.com

John Jackson-Willie Nelson Set For Chavez-Martinez Bill

ST. LOUIS  - Boxing is a risk-and-reward business. A successful gamble this past May ultimately positioned top prospect Willie "The Great" Nelson (18-1-1, 11 KOs) against undefeated John "Dah Rock" Jackson (13-0, 12 KOs) on September 15 for the vacant North American Boxing Federation (NABF) super welterweight title.

Nelson vs. Jackson will be part of the Sergio Martinez-Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. HBO Pay-Per-View event, presented by Top Rank and DiBella Entertainment, live from the Thomas & Mack Center in Las Vegas.

Last May, Nelson agreed to be a late replacement-on only 11 days notice to fight-for highly-touted, previously unbeaten Cuban fighter Yudel Jhonson (12-0) on ShoBox. Nelson dropped Jhonson in the second round en route to upsetting the 2004 Olympic silver medalist by way unanimous 10-round decision (97-92, 97-92, 95-94).

Nelson's impressive victory propelled him into the World Boxing Council (WBC) ratings, in which, he is currently rated No. 11.

"We saw an opportunity to beat a fighter everybody thought so highly of," Nelson said. "I took the fight knowing a win would get me back on the scene."

A multi-gifted boxer from Cleveland, who is training with Jack Loew in Youngstown, Ohio, Nelson has been compared to a right-handed Paul Williams or a younger Tommy Hearns because of his freakish size-6' 4" with a 77" reach-for a 154-pounder.

Nelson was a highly decorated U.S. amateur boxer who had nearly 250 matches, capturing many titles, including the PAL Nationals twice and Under-19 Tournament, while suffering only 22 losses.

"Jackson had a decent amateur background in the Virgin Islands," Nelson remarked. "He supposedly can punch. I want him on the outside because I've been learning how to use distance with my height and reach advantages. Before, I just went in fighting, not taking advantage of being the bigger, taller fighter."

Jackson, a 2008 US Virgin Islands Olympian, is the son of three-time, two division world champion Julian "The Hawk" Jackson (55-6, 49 KOs). Jackson, rated No. 17 by the WBC, is the reigning WBC Youth World super welterweight middleweight titlist.

At stake for Nelson against Jackson is a higher ranking, which would move him closer to his dream of fighting WBC champion Saul "Canelo" Alvarez. I just take things fight by fight," the 25-year-old Nelson noted. "A win figures to put me higher in the ratings, but this is boxing and anything can happen. I focus on my fights, one at a time, and leave who I'll be fighting up to my promoters and the sanctioning bodies."

Nelson is co-promoted by Rumble Time Promotions and DiBella Entertainment. "Willie earned this NABF title shot and world ranking with his strong performance against Jhonson," Rumble Time Promotions president Steve Smith commented. "This is a great opportunity for Willie to be showcased on one of the biggest shows of the year. I want to thank NABF president Joe Dwyer, who is a breath of fresh air to work with.

"Willie has learned how to use his tremendous height and reach advantages from his trainer, Jack Loew, and he's much stronger working with his new strength-and-conditioning coach, Mike Bartos, who monitors Willie's daily workouts and diet. Willie Nelson is the most complete 154-pound fighter in the world, as well as every fighter's nightmare."

Go online to www.RumbleTimePromotions.com for more information about Nelson or any of his Rumble Time Promotions stable-mates.

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by VIREPRESENT on 08-30-2012

Willie Nelson will become John Jackson's next knock out victim. Guranteed. He can try to use his reach but is only 2 inches taller than John and can't handle his power. GAME - SET -MATCH!!!

Comment by ddangerous on 08-30-2012

Sergio by KO or wide UD. I think Jr. is getting outclassed.

Comment by mushahadeen on 08-30-2012

They better put on a hell of an undercard because Sergio won't last past 6.

Comment by The Future on 08-30-2012

Awesome. The undercard has actually turned out decent. Less name guys then the GBP card but action wise I think it will be identical. With rigo not fighting it left robert with oscar which is a better action fight. Happy…

Comment by Russian Crushin on 08-30-2012

I like willie nelson. A very exciting fighter who gets hit going up against a hard hitter

Post a Comment - View More User Comments (5)
Top Headlines Jamel Herring Signs With Top Rank, Will Fight on Crawford-Horn Luis Ortiz Vows Pain: I'll Tear The Skin Off Deontay Wilder's Body! Estrada: People Think Sor Rungvisai Will KO Me - It Won't Happen! Creed 2 Update: Actor Cast To Play Ivan Drago's Son in Film Mayorga Emotional: Time To Hang Up The Gloves, Say Goodbye Rapper Common is Producing a New Boxing Documentary Tyson Fury: If I'm Honest - I Fancy Parker To Beat Joshua Wilder: No Doubt I'll KO Ortiz, Joshua-Parker Will Be a Long Fight Katie Taylor Dublin Return Off, Being Pushed To Daniel Jacobs Bill Frank Warren: Fans Lost Interest in Amir Khan, He'll Face a Stiff Euro News: Murat-Demchenko, Havnaa-Tahiri, Formella-Frank Briggs: I'll KO Tyson Fury, Breaks All His Fingers To End His Tweets Wilder: I'll Make an Example of Luis Ortiz, He's My Guinea Pig! Frank Warren Confirms Tete is Out, 2/10 Show Moves Forward Sean Dodd vs. Tommy Coyle Set, April 21 In Liverpool Weekend Review: Shields, Amir Khan, Ergashev, Spence, More Hearn: Let's Be Honest, Who Has Hit Parker's 'Granite Chin?' Parker's Promoter: Joshua Mentally Weak, Dropped Many Times Luis Ortiz: Forget The Marijuana, Now Wilder Has a Real Problem! Parker: I Don't Care If I Win or Lose; Someone Gets Knocked Out Amir Khan Unsure if Crawford Will Carry Up His Power To 147 Mundine: Horn Does Not Have Much Talent, But He Works Hard Joshua: Parker Has No Ring Generalship - I'll Smash His Body! Fes Batista Back in Training With Roy Jones, Plans Ring Return Promoter Will Advise Parker To Avoid Steroid Claims on Joshua Zolani Tete Suffers Injury, Narvaez Clash Pushed Back To April Shields Helps Create Opportunities for Women and Men in Boxing Parker: If I'm The King of Pies, Then Joshua is The King of Steroids! Fighter Claims Severe Beating From Coach Over "Dive" Claims Chocolatito Warns Estrada: Do Not Stand in Front of Sor Rungvisai Jessie Vargas Feels He Has a Good Shot To Land Keith Thurman Amir Khan Aims To Clean Out 147: I Want All of The Belts! Miguel Berchelt Return - Mijares in Doubt, 3 Names in Running WBO, Crawford To Honor Career of Miguel Cotto on January 23 Joseph Parker: The Lighter I Am, The Better I Will Be With Joshua Hearn: Khan vs. Brook a Step Closer, The Barriers are Now Gone Froch Warns: Joshua Can't Afford To Switch Off With Parker Photos: Luis Ortiz Training in Beast Mode For Deontay Wilder Anthony Joshua: I Won't Shake Parker's Hand, I'll Whoop Him! Featherweight Luis Rosa, 26, Died in Car Crash Sunday Morning
Advertisement

Latest Active Forum Threads
Advertisement
Advertisement