It’s what dreams of made of: 340 Boxing officials announced Wednesday that John Jackson will be fighting on May 21st for the WBC world super welterweight title recently vacated by world champ Floyd Mayweather.
Jackson will be taking on 25 year-old Jermell Charlo (27-0-0, 12 KOs) for the belt, on a three-title card that also features Charlo’s twin brother Jermall Charlo (23-0-0, 18 KOs) against Austin Trout (32-2, 17 KOs) for the International Boxing Federation’s World super welterweight title. Cuba’s Erislandy Lara (22-2-2, 13 KOs) and Armenian fighter Vanes Martirosvan (32-2-1, 21 KOs) will also be battling it out for the vacant World Boxing Association’s Super World super welterweight title and the International Boxing Organization’s World super welterweight title.
Officials said that Mayweather himself is co-promoting the event, which will be broadcast on Showtime Boxing from the Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas Hotel.
“Showtime Sports General Manager Stephen Espinoza has even said that this is the consensus best six top fighters in the world,” 340 Boxing managing partner Lesley Comissiong said Wednesday. “It’s the best of the best and John has earned his spot as a part of it.”
Comissiong added that with his 27-0 record, Charlo has also earned his spot, and should prove an even match for Jackson.
“He’s going to be a tough opponent, he’s earned the right to be there as well, but we are confident in John’s talent and skill,” she said. Jackson, meanwhile, said he is boning up on footage of his opponent and preparing for his “sneaky left pull.”
“We’ll be ready for that,” Jackson said. “He’s a good boxer, he doesn’t like to get in the mix, and that’s his strong point.”
340 Boxing President Jose “Tony” Rosario added Wednesday that Jackson has been sticking to a focused training schedule over the past few weeks.
“This match is the greatest publicity we could get, not only for John, but for the Virgin Islands,” Rosario said. “This is the highest of the high, and we plan to make the most of it, and come home with that belt.”
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