Boxing Legends: Tommy “Hurricane” Jackson

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Tommy “Hurricane” Jackson was a contemporary of Floyd Patterson and Sonny Liston. While he was known for skill in the ring, it was his stamina and ability to absorb punishment that made him a boxing great worth remembering.

The Career of Tommy “Hurricane” Jackson

His career began and was mainly based in New York City in 1951. Tommy “Hurricane” Jackson won his first match in July of that year against Terry Halpine. For a good chunk of the 1950s, he was a tough journeyman boxer who won the bulk of his bouts.

Two of his biggest matches of the decade was against Ezzard Charles, a former World Heavyweight Champion who was ending his career that year. The two matches took place weeks apart in August and resulted in unanimous decision victories for Hurricane.

His other two huge matches came against Floyd Patterson, an up-and-comer who was riding towards a shot at the Heavyweight title. Jackson’s in-ring performance and record meant he was usually near the top as far as challengers go. While there were definitely better brawlers and ring scientists than Hurricane he was no slouch himself.

As mentioned before, the thing that kept him in the stratosphere of heavyweight competition was his stamina and fortitude. Hurricane was a fighter who didn’t quit and took matches when he most likely shouldn’t. He was a pugilist who could long rounds and box in a way to get victories that were determined by judges. Hurricane would walk away from the ring in the early 1960s with a record of 35-9-1. Sixteen of those wins were by knockout.

It’s unknown what Jackson did immediately after leaving boxing in 1961. In the last few years of his life, he made a living as a shoe shine and driving taxis in New York. Tommy “Hurricane” Jackson died on February 14, 1982, the victim of a car crash while driving his taxi. He was 50 years old.



  • Eric MacDonald November 14, 2018 - 3:33 pm

    Thanks for remembering Tommy . He could have been a contender ….he WAS a contender ! Like so many others , his
    end was infinitely sad ….think of Cleve Williams and Eddie
    Machen . Light a candle from time to time . Maybe that’s all
    we can do .

  • Liz Jones January 3, 2019 - 10:06 pm

    I met Mr. Jackson when he was driving cab…the Q4 route down Linden Blvd in Queens. He was a sweet man…much loved in the community. Nice article about a good man. Thank you!

  • Marion Newton January 16, 2019 - 3:14 pm

    I remember him when I was a young man club hopping back then. There were club up and down Linden and Farmers Blvd back then. Those were good times back then he was so nice to talk to.

  • Hal Pritzker April 1, 2019 - 2:48 pm

    He was spoken of as a possible opponent for Marciano. Thank goodness it never happened. Rocky would have sent him to the hospital, if not the morgue.

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    • James Jackson August 2, 2019 - 4:09 pm

      I remember Hurricane Jackson as a kid growing up in St. Albans Queens He use to live on 200 street He drove the Q4 route in a old station wagon. We all knew he was a boxer and we called him hurricane he would always answer with a smile and a wave

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