USVI boxers prevail in D.R. prevail in D.R. victorious

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Brothers Julius and John Jackson and their cousin Samuel Rogers wasted little time in their respective boxing matches Monday in the Dominican Republic.

All three St. Thomas natives earned stoppages in fights that went no longer than two rounds.

Julius Jackson, a 25-year-old super middleweight, won by TKO after the second round. His opponent, Dominican Jonali Reyes, was not allowed to return for the third round after a doctor determined Reyes had a broken jaw. The win pushed Julius Jackson's record to 14-0 with 10 knockouts.

Julius Jackson, the WBC (USNBC) super middleweight champion, believes it was a left hook that broke Reyes' jaw, but he was unsure because he landed "devastating" combinations.

"This one meant a lot," Julius Jackson said by phone Tuesday. "It was a step-up fight. I was working on things that I've been working on in the gym. I used my jab very effectively, and it was the best I've ever felt in the ring."

The left hook was the theme of the night as John Jackson, 23, used the punch to knock down Alexis Hernandez three times in the first round. The third time was the last as John Jackson, a light middleweight, was awarded a first-round knockout to improve his record to 14-1 with 13 knockouts.

" In the gym we're working a lot on developing my left hook so that was on my mind going into this fight," John Jackson said. "I caught him unexpectedly. Those are the punches that hurt the most. A lot of people try to watch out for my right hand because that's my power punch, but my left hand is just as strong."

Rogers, 30, earned a second-round knockout over José Vidal Soto of the Dominican Republic. Rogers improved to 12-0 with seven knockouts. Rogers grew up on St. Thomas but is training in Oxnard, Calif., with Sergio Martinez - the fourth-ranked pound-for-pound boxer in the world.

- Contact Tim Chapman at 714-9102 or

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