Last updated: July 12. 2014 2:22PM - 536 Views

Former Durant High wrestling standout Damon Jackson helps young people with skills at the local summer camp.
Former Durant High wrestling standout Damon Jackson helps young people with skills at the local summer camp.
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A Durant native will be fighting for a championship belt Friday night.


Damon Jackson will challenge Leonard Garcia for the Legacy Featherweight Championship at the Allen Event Center in Allen, Texas.


The 5-foot-11, 145-pound “Leech” has an 8-0 record — six wins by submission, two by technical knockout — and has never had to go to the third round.


Garcia, or “Bad Boy,” holds an 18-11-1 record.


Jackson was born and raised in Durant, where he recently helped with a youth wrestling camp. His parents Cherry and Terry, and he has an older brother, Bradly, and younger sister, Kristina.


Jackson said he grew up playing all sports and started wrestling in middle school. In high school, he was a state runner-up in Class 4A. He continued wrestling through college at Missouri Valley College. He was a 2012 All-American, placing fifth at the NAIA national championship. “I fought as an amateur during my off-season and turned pro shortly after my senior year at MVC,” Jackson said.


“I appreciate the support I receive from Durant. It means a lot to have so many people following me. I would like to thank a few of my hometown sponsors that have been with me from my first pro fight — Indian Nation Wholesale, Medical Center Pharmacy and Kool Car Sales.”


Tickets to the July 18 championship fight are available by calling (580) 775-2500.


To keep track of Jackson, follow him on Twitter and Instagram @damontheleech, or search for his name on Facebook.

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