It’s only taken “Action” Jackson England four bouts to earn his spot in a state title fight.
The Mandurah-based boxing prodigy has impressed so mightily in his short time on WA’s professional circuit, that he’s caught the eye of promoters, spectators and his fellow fighters all over the country.
He’s a perfect 4-0 on the back of a whirlwind start to his career, but he’s hoping to add more than just a win to his tally when he squares off against current state featherweight champion Richard Lockett this May.
I know I punch hard enough, and I know I’ve got what I need to win this fight- "Action" Jackson England
Winning a state title would be a huge boost to England’s overall ambition of fighting on the world stage.
It’s a significant boon to any aspiring fighter’s resume, and the weight of that isn’t lost on England, who remains humble but poised ahead of the bout.
“I’m a little starstruck about the whole thing, to be honest,” he said.
“When I started my professional career I thought it would take me at least eight, maybe ten fights before I got a shot at a title, so to have it come around on my fifth fight is quite quick.
“But I’m feeling good ahead of it all – I’ve been training twice a day in two, two-and-a-half hour sessions and it’s all coming together.
“I feel like I’m as ready as I could possibly be at this point.”
In the biggest fight of his career (so far), England’s opponent looms as the toughest he’s faced.
The up and comer described Lockett as a “durable, tough man” who was a few tools at his disposal to get the job done.
But England wasn’t getting caught up in anything outside his control, backing his power and speed to overthrow the current champion.
“I know I punch hard enough, and I know I’ve got what I need to win this fight,” he said.
“All respect to [Lockett], he’s got the title for a reason, but I’ve got full trust in my coach and my team – I know they’ve got me in the right space to win.”
Out of the gym, England also has the unwavering backing of his family, a support he cherishes every time he walks into the ring.
“My mum is my biggest fan, and for me to know it’s always going to be that way gives me all the confidence I need,” he said.
“My step-dad, my sister, my entire support network – knowing they’ll be there no matter the result helps me more than I can explain.”
England’s bout with Lockett will take place at Dargon Fire Boxing’s Thunderdome 25 at Metro City in Northbridge on Friday, May 11.
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