Short life story of Sidney Jackson, who was born into a poor Jewish family in Bronx, New York, in 1886. He started boxing when he was 12 and turned professional at 18. After winning several featherweight titles in the USA, he joined a US demonstration boxing tour to Europe in 1914. After, he decided to travel, setting off to Russia in mid-July 1914, totally unaware of the tragic events that would soon unfurl in Europe.
After war broke out, he was advised by the US Consulate in St Petersburgh that the only way out was to travel to Tashkent, then try to reach the Arabian Sea via Afghanistan and Persia. Jackson arrived, penniless, in Tashkent in August.
After the October 1917 Russian revolution and the subsequent civil war, Jackson volunteered as a private in the International Brigade fighting in a motley band of Germans, Koreans, Hungarians. Chinese, Persians, Czechs, Serbs, Tatars and the rest against local anti-communist rebels, known as basmachi and the British expeditionary force in Central Asia under Major-General Sir V. Malleson. Sidney Jackson participated in battles throughout Central Asia and the Caucasus and was decorated several times.
After 1921the civil war died down, Jackson was assigned to the Fortune Sports Club where he began to introduce boxing to the people of Central Asia.
As a Soviet sports authority later confirmed, "Until that time, not one of these sports was well known in those parts; Jackson was truly the founder of (organized) sport in Central Asia". His Uzbek team won the USSR Boxing Championships several times and produced a number of Olympic, European and Soviet medal winners.
Sidney Jackson died in Tashkent, Uzbek SSR, USSR in 1966 in age of 80 y.o.
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