1988-07-30 Julian Jackson w rsc 3 Buster Drayton, Harrah’s Marina Hotel, Atlantic City, New Jersey, USA - WBA

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1988-07-30 Julian Jackson w rsc 3 Buster Drayton, Harrah’s Marina Hotel, Atlantic City, New Jersey, USA - WBA. Referee: Tony Perez. An exciting, free-hitting affair from the start, it was the champion who made an early mark when sending Drayton (153) to the boards in the second round, having set the latter up with heavy left hooks. Up at ‘two’, although forced to take the mandatory count, Drayton surged into Jackson (153) and gave as good as he got before being taken out by a crunching left hook that separated him from his senses. Although announced as being a knockout at 2.57 of the third, as the referee never picked up the count and stopped the fight immediately to allow Drayton medical attention it should be seen as a stoppage.

After the WBA convention in October, when 27 of the 71 delegates walked out in disgust, the World Boxing Organisation (WBO) was formed. To find a champion, John David Jackson and Lupe Aquino, the NABF titleholder, were nominated to contest the vacant title.