John David Jackson: Izmailov will be unstoppable

This Saturday, at the Performance Arts Center in Dearborn, Michigan, light heavyweight Ali Izmailov (5-0, 3 KOs) returns to action against James Ballard (10-3, 3 KOs) in the eight-round main event. Already rated IBF #11, WBC #14, and WBO #15 at just 5-0, the 28-year-old Izmailov recently started working with trainer John David Jackson at his Action Jackson Boxing Academy in Fort Lauderdale, Florida.

“The sky is the limit for him with his punching power,” said Jackson. “He’s a tremendous puncher, but he’s also got natural boxing skills. As a fighter, I don’t think he realizes his potential. I’m getting him to move his head more and throw more combinations, instead of one power punch at a time. Nothing against his old trainers, but once he learns to throw three or four shots to set them up and camouflage the hard ones, he will be unstoppable.”

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  • I remember back in the early 90’s John David Jackson agreed to train me and wanted me to meet him in Los Angeles. He left me hanging and never showed up or called 🙁

    • I agree, being stood up in most circumstances is not a good experience. In the early 90s, I had my nose dug into college textbooks and did not get to watch much boxing unless it was on Showtime, HBO, or USA network.

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