St. Thomas native Julian “The Hawk” Jackson will cap off a weekend of festivities in Canastota, N.Y., on Sunday with his induction into the International Boxing Hall of Fame.
The 58-year-old Jackson, a three-time world champion, was one of nine people — including three other retired boxers — voted into the 2019 class of inductees in early December 2018.
Jackson was one of three boxers elected from the “modern boxer” category. He was joined by former world champions Donald Curry and James “Buddy” McGirt.
Also being inducted during Sunday’s ceremonies are former world champion Tony DeMarco in the old-timer category; former publicist Lee Samuels, promoter and matchmaker Don Elbaum and former judge and referee Guy Jutras in the non-participant category; and former ESPN broadcaster Teddy Atlas and the late Mario Rivera Martino, a Puerto Rican boxing journalist, in the observer category.
Jackson and the others were voted into the IBHOF by members of the Boxing Writers Association of America and a panel of international boxing historians.
Each living inductee will receive a certificate and gold IBHOF ring. All nine inductees will have a plaque with their photo and biography mounted for permanent display on the Hall of Fame Wall.
Jackson will be the third fighter from the Virgin Islands inducted into the International Boxing Hall of Fame, joining the late Emile Griffin of St. Thomas and the late Peter Jackson of St. Croix, both of whom were inducted in the Hall of Fame’s inaugural class in 1990.
After compiling a 15-2 record as a amateur, Jackson turned pro in 1981, going on to post a 55-6-0 record with 49 knockouts over a 17-year professional boxing career.
Jackson was also considered one of the hardest punchers, pound-for-pound, in boxing history.
The Ring magazine, a noted boxing publication, ranked him No. 25 in its list of the “100 Greatest Punchers” in 2003.
At one time, Jackson held three world championship belts — the World Boxing Association super welterweight title from 1987-1990, and the World Boxing Council middleweight title twice (from 1990-1992 and 1995). He retired in 1998.