The Brief Stardom of Tommy “Hurricane” Jackson

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  1. toybulldog

    toybulldog New Member Full Member

    Jun 21, 2018
    I wrote this piece on troubled 1950s heavyweight Tommy "Hurricane" Jackson, who challenged Floyd Patterson for the heavyweight title in 1957. Definitely a sad story.

    In 1954, Jackson lived up to his nickname in New York, upending Rex Layne, Clarence Henry, and Dan Bucceroni in successive fights at the Eastern Parkway Arena in Brooklyn. With his oddball style, windmill philosophy, and inhuman capacity to absorb punishment, Jackson was an instant crowd favorite who alternately amused and outraged a hard-bitten city with his antics, including stunts that some newshawks mistakenly considered showboating. Between rounds, Jackson would occasionally forgo the customary stool and, instead, perform aerobics/calisthenics/isometrics in the corner, underscoring both his indefatigability and his hyperactive nature. His frenzied approach in the ring—even during rest periods—gave the impression of a man who might one day erupt, like the Great Whatsis in Kiss Me Deadly. (If Jackson had been born fifty years later, he would have been a prime candidate for Adderall.) In addition, Jackson specialized in bizarre non sequiturs and free-association quips, which gave him a certain amount of charisma during the bland Eisenhower era, when fighters were distinguished primarily by the color of their trunks on black and white telecasts. Sometimes Jackson was even outspokenly glum about his career. “My managers all did wrong and they know it,” he said, after losing his only title shot, in 1957. “They pushed me along pretty fast. My time was up, that’s all.”

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  2. The Funny Man 7

    The Funny Man 7 Boxing Addict Full Member

    Apr 1, 2005
    Wow great stuff. Always knew the guy was said to be eccentric, but it seems like a case of genuine illness.

    Never heard about the 'Yagash' punch before.
  3. Tonto62

    Tonto62 Member Full Member

    Mar 26, 2011
    Jackson was mentally deficient.