Julius “the Chef” Jackson, son of three time World Champion and Boxing Hall of Famer Julian “the Hawk” Jackson was born August 1, 1987 in St Thomas, Virgin Islands. Jackson lived the majority of his life in St Thomas, with the exception of a few years he spent in Las Vegas, Nevada during the height of his father’s career. Jackson began his amateur boxing career at the age of 13 and was a three time amateur boxing champ. After an impressive performance at qualifiers in Guatemala, Julius joined the ranks of some of the finest athletes in the world at the 2008 Olympics in Beijing, China.
After the Olympics, Jackson transitioned into the professional boxing world in the Super Middleweight category and has started his climb to the top. At the Boxing in Paradise on April 25th, 2012 Jackson won the title of WBC (USNBC) Super Middleweight Champion. Jackson is well-respected among top name boxing champions and has become a first choice in the world of sparring mates. In September 2012, Julius was tapped to be sparring partner to boxing great Sergio Martinez, in preparation for the highly anticipated fight between Martinez and Julio Cesar Chavez, Jr.
Months later, Jackson was chosen a second time as Martinez’s sparring partner, accompanying him to training in Spain. In January 2014, Jackson traveled to the famed Big Bear area to train with Gennady “Triple G” Golovkin under Abel Sanchez. Since then Julius has returned to Big Bear three more times at the request of Triple G to prepare him for bouts. Julius has fought twice in Cordoba, Argentina televised to thousands of viewers of TyC Sports. His first fight in Cordoba set a new record for boxing viewership in Argentina. But perhaps the most exciting development of 2014 was Jackson signing on to have Al Haymon as his new Boxing Adviser. Following this new contract, Julius had his first nationally televised fight on Showtime network on December 20, 2014. With a TKO in the ninth round, Julius defeated Jonathan Nelson bringing his record to 19-0 with 15 Kos. Julius was ranked 5th in the world by the IBF, in his weight class.
In 2016 and 2017 Julius had his first 12 round bout against Jose Uzcategui, a title eliminator for the IBF title. He suffered his first lost on that main event card. He then returned and fought Jerry Odom on Showtime next generation and suffered his second lost. Jackson then deciding to move up in weight class because making 168 had become hard and draining. He fought in Mexico July of 2017, got a TKO victory over opponent Alvaro Morales.
Was set to return on a main event card on the island of St. Marteen, when 2 devastating hurricanes hit the Caribbean islands. Which has resulted in a hold on his boxing career to help his community recover from such damage. in 2018-2019 “The Chef” participated as a celebrity judge for taste of St.Croix also guest chef at St Croix annual Food And Wine event.
Outside of the ring, Jackson, who graduated from the Florida Culinary Institute in 2008, is an accomplished chef (hence the nickname). When he’s not boxing, he’s most likely in the kitchen and is well-known for his knockout wings that won the St Thomas King of the Wing competition. Also known for appearing on the Food Network and The Cooking Channel featuring some signature dishes, Acting on a Tv Series Called “El Cesar” on Telamundo, for his top selling cookbook called “ My Modern Caribbean Kitchen”, for his well attended local pop up events, and for his now famous Oxtail French Fries. Jackson also volunteers in local schools and is breaking into the modeling scene. He is also head chef and manager of MBW Cafe and Bakery, which is owned by a non profit called My Brothers workshop, where he teaches at risk youth and mentors them as well. Jackson, who has eight siblings, is extremely dedicated to family, who also has a wife and two children of his own. He is also passionate about continuing the Legacy started by VI boxing greats such as Peter Jackson, Sugar Ray Seals, Emile Griffith, and Julian Jackson, Sr.