This Saturday on the undercard of the HBO PPV presentation of Miguel Cotto vs. Sergio Martinez, Irish Andy Lee (33-2-2, 23 KO’s) faced off against prospect John Jackson (18-2-0, 15 KO’s) in a ten round Junior Middleweight bout.
Andy Lee, who since losing to Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. by knockout has been on a four fight win streak, was moving down to Junior Middleweight to challenge for Jackson’s NABF title.
John Jackson, son of hard hitting Middleweight Julian Jackson, looked to take a big step toward contender status with this fight. Jackson, who is a big puncher like his father, looked to impose himself physically at the start of the bout. He came straight towards Lee in round one, throwing big punches. He managed to land a huge overhand right that dropped Lee. Lee did not seem too hurt from that knockdown, and was willing to trade with Jackson to end the round.
In round two, Lee started to find his range. He established his jab and landed a beautifully timed left hand off the ropes, but still seemed to be getting tagged by Jackson’s heavier punches. Near the end of the round they traded punches and Jackson landed a hard right hook that momentarily effected Lee.
Round three had Lee continuing to attempt to keep the right distance. The round seemed slower than the first two, with Lee landing the most significant punch, a stiff counter right hook. By round four, Jackson seemed to retake the initiative and take over physically. He seemed to have no fear of Lee’s power, coming straight forward wrecklessly throwing wide shots and occasionally landing a big right hand that would snap Lee’s head back.
To be completely honest, to this writer, going into the fifth round the knockout seemed inevitable. By the way the fight was going, it seemed as if Jackson would be the one getting a knock out victory. Jackson seemed to shrug off Lee’s power shots and would land the more damaging blows. But again, this is the beauty of boxing where anything can happen at any given time.
In the fifth round, it seemed that Jackson was dead set of getting rid of Lee. He came out aggressively, put Lee on the ropes, and was able to land a huge right hand that seemed to really put Lee in trouble for the first time. Jackson followed with a flurry of punches that sent Lee in retreat to the ropes on the other side of the ring. Just as Jackson seemed to get close to finishing Lee, the unthinkable happened. Jackson went for the home run blow with a wide right hook, and was beat to the punch by a swift Andy Lee right hook. That well timed and well placed right hook sent Jackson violently face first to the canvass, and separated him completely from his senses for about a minute. The blow, that will without a doubt be candidate for Knockout of the Year, seemed a bit similar to Martinez’s knockout of Paul Williams.
It can be quite difficult for a fighter to make it back from a brutal knockout loss like the one Lee suffered to Chavez Jr. Lee’s five straight wins speaks volumes to the kind of mental fortitude he possesses, and confidence he has in himself. Lee with this win now puts himself in the Junior Middleweight mix. More lucrative fights are sure to follow. As for John Jackson, he is a young fighter with a bright future. Unfortunately for him, “the apple doesn’t fall far from its tree,” as he inherited not only his father’s punching power, but also the vulnerability in his chin. He will need to learn to be more patient and be less wreckless, or this could happen again.