Former WBA Middleweight Champ Jackson Loses to Ramadan
FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) _ Former World Boxing Association middleweight champion John David Jackson slowed his progress toward another title shot by losing a split decision Wednesday night to Canadian journeyman Abdul Ramadan.
Jackson, the WBA title holder in 1993 and 1994, could not overcome a first-round knockdown against Ramadan, who came into the bout with a 10-6 record.
Ramadan floored Jackson with a left-right to the head, and used the knockdown to control Jackson throughout the 10-round bout. Ramadan remained the aggressor by landing repeatedly with lead rights.
Jackson did manage to score with some right jabs, but could not follow with any power punches.
Two judges had Ramadan winning 98-91 and 96-93. The third judge had Jackson winning 96-94.
Jackson, ranked first by the WBA and International Boxing Federation, is now 35-2.
Both fighters weighed 163 pounds.