Tommy Jackson was a legendary professional boxer who was born on August 9, 1931, in New York City, USA. He is remembered as one of the most unique fighters of his time due to his unorthodox style and bravery in the ring.
Jackson grew up in Harlem and began boxing at the age of 16. He quickly made a name for himself as an amateur fighter and won the New York Golden Gloves tournament in 1950. In 1951, he turned professional and soon became a contender in the heavyweight division.
Jackson had a unique style that was characterized by his quick reflexes, footwork, and ability to fight from unusual angles. He was known for his ability to dodge punches and counter with lightning-fast combinations that often left his opponents bewildered. Despite his unorthodox style, Jackson was a fearless fighter who was willing to stand toe-to-toe with anyone in the ring.
In 1957, Jackson fought his most famous bout against former heavyweight champion Floyd Patterson. The two fighters went the distance, and Jackson lost the fight on a unanimous decision. However, his performance was highly praised, and he earned the respect of many boxing fans and critics for his bravery and skill.
Jackson continued to fight throughout the 1950s and early 1960s, facing many of the top fighters of his time, including Archie Moore, Zora Folley, and Eddie Machen. He retired from boxing in 1964 with a record of 40 wins (29 by knockout), 9 losses, and 1 draw.
After retiring from boxing, Jackson worked as a trainer and promoter. He was inducted into the New York State Boxing Hall of Fame in 2015, and his legacy as a unique and fearless fighter continues to be celebrated by boxing fans around the world.
Tommy Jackson passed away on August 1, 2018, at the age of 86. His contributions to the sport of boxing and his legacy as a trailblazing fighter will be remembered for generations to come.