ST THOMAS, USVI -- 340 Boxing's professionals will be returning to the US Virgin Islands on Monday with two more wins under their belts -- and a new world title.
John Jackson, Julius Jackson and Samuel Rogers went 2-1 on Saturday night at the historic Chateau Carreras Olympic Stadium in Cordoba, Argentina. The event, which had the three billed as the headliners, also commemorated the 100th anniversary of the town's legendary soccer club and pitted the 340 boxers against their toughest opponents to date. The group also announced on Friday that Julius Jackson and Samuel Rogers would be in contention for World Boxing Association Fedebol titles.
Speaking from Argentina late Saturday night, Julius Jackson (17-0, 13 KOs) spoke about ninth round TKO over the previously undefeated Nicolas Dario Lopez (10-1, 4 KOs) -- which earned him the vacant WBA Fedebol Super Middleweight title.
"The fight was tough -- my opponent definitely had some good skills," Julius Jackson said. "But my skills and power were too much for him -- my speed and movement were my biggest advantages, I think, and I was finally able to break him down in the ninth round."
Rogers (14-1, 8 KOs,) meanwhile, fought a hard 10 rounds, but lost to Argentina’s Carlos Adan Jerez (38-16-3, 18 KOs).
Speaking on Sunday, Rogers -- currently WBC’s Fecabox junior middle-weight champion -- said, "It was a tough fight, and I made mistakes that ultimately cost me. I had him hurt twice during the fight, but I got over anxious. It is disappointing, but I'm staying positive and getting my mind ready for the next fight."
John Jackson's (18-1, 15 KOs) bout against Argentina’s Jorge Daniel Miranda (51-16, 20 KOs) also ended in victory -- the USVI's super welterweight puncher took down his opponent after eight rounds.
"The fight was great," John Jackson said Sunday. "My opponent was tough, aggressive and durable -- but my experience kicked in. I didn't just go for the knock out, I just kept boxing and eventually broke him down, with the stoppage coming in the eighth round."