MIKE McCALLUM w ko 2 JULIAN JACKSON
August 23, 1986; Convention Center, Miami Beach, FL
MIKE McCALLUM survived the kind of first round onslaught from the ferocious Julian Jackson that had sent lesser men to sleep. The thunderous Jackson, 29-0 (27) going in, started fast and visibly shook the WBA super-welterweight boss several times, in particular from a left hook. But McCallum remained calm under fire, countered expertly and refused to take a backward step. In the second round McCallum oozed class as he went to head and body with devastating effect. Jackson was forced to take a count and, upon rising, was subjected to a relentless two-fisted assault that persuaded the referee to rescue a woozy Jackson two minutes into the round.
DID YOU KNOW? The master of ceremonies read out a message from the Jamaican Prime Minister, Edward Seaga who offered Mike McCallum “his best wishes to extend his winning ways.”
WATCH OUT FOR: The manner in which McCallum varies his attack upstairs and downstairs when Jackson is in deep trouble should be a lesson to all fighters.