by Christian Duque
Look, I hate to say that I told you, but I told you! Dexter Jackson is always ignored by the press, is routinely excluded from the top 3, even the top 5, and many of the talking heads are concerned far more with his age than with his ability to win bodybuilding competitions. The fact is that the extent to which Dexter was ignored until the Arnold Classic 2020 was almost obscene. I mean, no graphics were blown up for him, nobody talked about him competing for # 10, and surely no one thought he had a snowball in the chance to place well, let alone win.
I was guilty of the whole business "when he retires", but I stopped saying this nonsense a few years ago. I never thought a man could do what Dexter does in his 40s, 45s, or much less in his late 40s. People are changing, fans are broadening their horizons, but some media personalities just have a knack for staying stupid. The fact is that some of these experienced "experts" would only consider Dexter good if Bonac was absent, Ramy missed his flight, and half of the lineup went to Columbus, IN instead of Columbus, OH. It got so bad that I contacted media personalities and programs myself. Dexter even had to tell me to relax and not take things so seriously. That was nothing new to him. He was determined, undercut and ignored his entire career. To really illustrate my point of view: it was only when Dexter revealed that 2020 would be his last year of competition that (some) media were even interested in its preparation.
No IFBB Pro has won more competitions than The Blade. He is a Mr. Olympia and 9x Arnold Classic Champion. I was also guilty at the time for not recognizing his 9. I would only count the US titles, but that's total crap. The guy won 9 Arnold titles and is likely to win his 10th or 11th title in 2020. The truth is that a lot of people thought he should have won in Columbus, OH. Notice I said people and not media. PEOPLE have very strong opinions that you will NEVER hear or read about. Even if the internet and social media are as strong as they are, the speaking heads are the only ones whose opinions seem to be important. They have their own agenda, they're pushing the people who make the most money out of them, and they really don't care so much about what the fans have to say or want. Remember it. The media are not democracy – they never were.
A guy that gets hit like crazy happens to be the biggest mass monster in the game. Although Big Ramy had a tough 2018 and lagged significantly behind 2017, that seems to be old news. He skipped the Arnold of 2019, skipped the Tampa Pro of 2019 (which Dexter won easily) and was not at the Mr. of 2019. Olympics. Nevertheless, all of the media couldn't help but were obsessed with The Egyptian Phenom. Even if he was absent for more than a year, worked with an unknown trainer and Arnold had never done in his career, he received 2-3x coverage of a 9x Arnold Champion and Mr. Olympia at Dexter Jackson. I wish I had invented this stuff, but I am not.
When the competition day came, the whole media hype went out the window. Dexter was right there and there to win. Ramy did not look very impressive, Kuclo was better, but also had some weak points. In fact, no one except Bonac and Dexter looked like they could win the competition. Bonac has had good coverage, though nothing you would expect from a former champion and runner-up in the Olympics. The truth is that William was also pretty downplayed. Still, no one was ignored like The Blade. However, most of them had to eat their words because he was so sharp and on their faces that they had to respect him for refusing to do all his preparation !!
There is another type of media expert that cannot be ignored. I'm talking about the people who said that Dexter "really came back much better on Saturday night". They made the case that Dexter could have won the competition if he had prejudiced Saturday night. It's a very fair and cool argument, but the only problem is that it's a wrong narrative. Anyone pushing this line must believe that Dexter was absent because of the prejudices – which he was not. Dexter didn't hold water, he had no expansion, his tan was great, and he never faded. To claim that he could have won on Saturday night's looks is like saying he looked like dog shit for the prejudices.
What would have happened if Dexter had won the Arnold Classic 2020? Can you imagine that the man who retired later in the year won the second largest sport title? I think Dexter has a solid chance of winning the Olympics, but critics are already working hard to downplay his chances. The word is, if Dexter wants to make two more Arnolds and arrives in Columbus, he will actually be so burned out that he won't do his best at Mr. Olympia 2020. How crazy is that Not only does he get no love for the press, but when it is discussed, it is only from experts who make it appear as if it were a long shot at best.
If someone knows their body, it's Dexter. I think he can easily put Columbus, two Arnolds, on stage in Vegas and maybe even do Athleticon a month later and be in great shape for everyone !! Oh yes … he said he would retire in 2020, but did he ever say the Olympics would be his last show? I'm sure The Rock would love to have a champion like Dexter Jackson on stage. I mean, right?!?!
In conclusion, I don't want to take anything away from William Bonac. I mean, even when Dexter was put to death (swapped with Bonac), The Conqueror clapped. It's clear that when Dexter was put in the middle for a few poses, it was very, very tight. Still, people love to miss it, and they're too quick to send it on the way. They're happy with his $ 75,000 check and second place – think that's good enough for the old man. I promise you something, Dexter didn't just go to Columbus for fun and if at all, this secondary placement lit a fire under him. I personally don't want him to retire. I understand the logic behind it, but it's absolutely his reputation.
There is absolutely nothing that stands in the way of Dexter from beating Bonac at the next showdown, and as much as I love Brandon, there is nothing that physically, conditionally, or presentatively prevents Dexter from beating him. I don't care if Dexter retires in 2020 – if he's the best of the best on the 2020 Olympic stage, he'll win this Sandow.
What do you think about Dexter's placement at Arnold Classic 2020? Do you think he can go all the way in six months?