Prospect Julius Jackson is son of Julian
'The Hawk' jackson, knowing as one of the hardest puncher in middleweight
history. Get to know 'THE CHEF' in an exclusive one on one interview
SA: How about you just start telling us about yourself?
JJ: Well I’m am a professional fighter working my way up the ranks! I’m also
a certified culinarian! With a culinary arts degree, hence the name “The
Chef”. I’m a 2008 Olympian and would say I’m a nice guy. I live in the
beautiful St. Thomas us virgin islands.
SA: You are 14-0-0 with 10 knockouts. How
would you describe your boxing style?
JJ: My boxing style is more of a boxing and moving style. I like to use my
height and jab. But I’m also like a Mexican I love to fight toe to toe. Plus
I've inherited a bit of my dad’s power, as you can see in my record.
SA: Are you a hard puncher like your Father?
JJ: I would say I got a little bit of hit punching power. My little brother
got more of it though. His name is John Jackson. He’s also working his way
of the Jr middle ranks! Time will tell though.
SA: What sort of influence has your father
had on you?
JJ: He’s had a lot of influence on me. He never forced me to be in the ring
but he taught us all he knew about the sport in and out the ring and to
always remain humble not matter how far we go! He was a great champion in
and out the ring. I plan to be the same way!
SA: Your brother John is also a professional
boxer. Do you help each other out by training together?
JJ: Oh yes! Definitely from our amateur days we would go at it in the ring
sparring. He also qualified for the Olympics before I did and I was like ok
I got to qualify now and he came to Florida and trained with me to help me
get ready for the final qualifiers. While I was in culinary school and we
did. Now in the pro ranks we spar harder than ever, also with my cousin
SA: What does your training consist of?
JJ: We train twice a day. Wake up at 4:30 am to run and every other morning
we do weight training. Then in the afternoon we hit the gym and do the
regulars like shadow boxing, bags, pads, jump rope, we spar three times a
week. We also do crazy MMA work outs after training. That stuff they do in
the insanity DVD series! I hate that stuff. Ha.
SA: What is your favorite part of training?
JJ: My favorite part of training is pads. I love learning new combinations
and communicating with my coach.
SA: When is your next fight?
JJ: No concrete date yet but looking at mid February. I will most likely
fight here in my home! St Thomas usvi! You all are invited to boxing in
SA: What goals have you set for 2013?
JJ: My goals for 2013 are to keep winning and to fight on HBO! To be in camp
with Sergio Martinez again, which looks like it will happen for his April
fight -also to fight for another title to put me in the top 20 in the world.
SA: Who are your favorite fighters and why?
JJ: My favorite fighters are Pacman because he has a big heart and is a true
fighter but is also humble and Nonito Donair, who is also a great fighter
but is also true to himself and respectable.
SA: What is your earliest boxing memory?
JJ: I went to one of my dad’s fights when I was like 7 maybe and he knocked
the guy out early and Mike Tyson was the main event and my mom was pumped
for this fight but then it ended in like 1 minute and she was mad.
SA: What do you do outside of boxing?
JJ: I do alot! I’m a cook at the fat turtle restaurant. I work for #1 steam,
a steam cleaning company. I’m a radio show host on radio one am 1000. I also
do catering with a friend from church we do weddings private dinners est. I
volunteer with an organization called young life. We go to a middle school
every week and spend time with kids and play games and give the motivational
talks using simple bible verses and my newest venture is modeling! I think
that's it. :-)
SA: Anything else you would like to tell your supporters and the boxing
JJ: Thank you Sylvana for this opportunity to share some of my story with
you and the readers. Boxing world just stay on the lookout for “THE CHEF!” I
promise to always bring heart and skill and 100% in the ring and a little
more out the ring! Feel free to hit me up on twitter @juliusthechef1 and on
Facebook Julius.jackson1 and instagram @juliusthechef1 and yes I respond!
Peace and love!