JACKSON vs UZCATEGUI & VAZQUEZ vs MENDEZ QUICK PREVIEW FOR PBC TOE-TO-TOE TUESDAYS ON FS1 AND FOX DEPORTES
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SAN ANTONIO (October 05, 2015) – Undefeated power-puncher Julius “The Chef” Jackson (19-0, 15 KOs) squares off against the exciting Jose “Bolivita” Uzcategui (23-1, 19 KOs) in an 12-round super middleweight clash that headlines Premier Boxing Champions (PBC) TOE-TO-TOE TUESDAYS on FS1 and FOX Deportes Tuesday, October 6 from The Dancehall in San Antonio, Texas with televised coverage beginning at 9 p.m. ET/6 p.m. PT.
JACKSON vs UZCATEGUI PREVIEW:
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, Texas. The bout, which is scheduled for 12 rounds, highlights a Premier Boxing Champions Toe-to-Toe Tuesdays card (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 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.”
VAZQUEZ vs MENDEZ PREVIEW:
Latino fighters have long been respected for being among the toughest competitors in the game, willing to take on all comers. Certainly, Miguel Vazquez and Argenis Mendez serve as prime examples of this duck-nobody mentality.
Vazquez began his pro career against current 154-pound champ Saul “Canelo” Alvarez, fought Alvarez a second time two years later and, in between, took a fight against current 147-pound titleholder Timothy Bradley Jr.
Meanwhile, Mendez’s résumé includes two bouts against former 130-pound champ and current 135-pound challenger Rances Barthelemy, and two fights against onetime 130-pound champ Juan Carlos Salgado.
Now, Vazquez (35-4-0, 13 KOs) and Mendez (22-3-1, 12 KOs) are set to display their toughness against one another when they square off Tuesday at Cowboys Dancehall in San Antonio, Texas (Fox Sports 1, 9 p.m. ET/6 p.m. PT). The scheduled 10-round contest will serve as the precursor to the 168-pound clash between unbeaten Julius Jackson and once-beaten Jose Uzcategui.
Vazquez, a 28-year-old former champion at 135 pounds, is coming off a one-sided, unanimous-decision victory over Jerry Belmontes in March. That triumph pushed the Guadalajara, Mexico, native to 14-1—including seven successful defenses of his 135-pound title—since his second defeat to Alvarez back in June 2008.
Vazquez’s only setback during this 15-fight stretch was a 12-round split-decision loss to current 135-pound champ Mikey Bay in September 2014.
Mendez, who earned a 130-pound title by knocking out Salgado in a rematch in March 2013, has been out of the ring since February, when he stopped Daviel Evangelista Jr. in the sixth round of a scheduled eight-rounder.
Prior to that, the 29-year-old Dominican Republic native who now fights out of Brooklyn, New York, faced Barthelemy in successive bouts, the first ending in a no decision and the second being a 12-round unanimous-decision loss.
Both fighters measure up nearly identical to one another, with the 5-foot-10 Vazquez holding a slight one-inch advantage in both height and reach (72-71).
(Courtesy and By: Premier Boxing Champions)
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