In 19 career fights, Julius Jackson has recorded 15 stoppages—including nine in a row. Jose Uzcategui owns 23 career victories, 19 of which have come by knockout.
Translation: Fight fans would be wise not to blink when the two bombers square off October 6 in a 168-pound battle in San Antonio. The scheduled 12-round bout highlights a Toe-to-Toe Tuesdays card on Fox Sports 1 (9 p.m. ET/6 p.m. PT).
A 2008 Olympian representing his native Virgin Islands, Jackson is the son of famous power-puncher Julian “The Hawk” Jackson, and the brother of John Jackson, who was also on that 2008 Olympic squad.
Since turning pro in January 2009, Julius Jackson has been nothing short of perfect, compiling a 19-0 record in often-spectacular fashion. That includes a technical knockout of Jonathan Nelson in his most recent bout in December, during which the 6-foot-2 Jackson twice floored the then-once-beaten Nelson before stopping him in the ninth.
Going back to April 2011, Jackson has picked up nine victories while fighting a grand total of 30 rounds. In fact, he put seven of those wins in the bag before the end of the second round.
“With my father being who he is, my dream has always been to reach this level and surpass this level,” said Jackson, 28. “I’m working extremely hard for this opportunity, and I’m ready for my shot.”
In Jose Uzcategui, Jackson will be facing one of his toughest opponents to date. A Venezuela native who fights out of Tijuana, Mexico, Uzcategui has knocked out six of his last seven opponents. The only exception was then-unbeaten Matt Korobov, against whom Uzcategui lost a 10-round unanimous decision in June 2014.
The 24-year-old rebounded from that defeat in February, knocking out journeyman Daniel Eduardo Yocupicio in the first round.
“I’m so excited for an opportunity to fight in the U.S. again, and I plan on making the most of it,” said the 6-foot-2 Uzcategui. “I will leave everything in the ring and give the fans a great show in San Antonio.”