Mandurah boxing sensation “Action” Jackson England is eager to rank as number 30 in the world when he takes to the ring at Thunderdome this month.
Squaring off against New Zealand fighter Shiva Mishra on May 28, England will be hoping to power his way to victory in his first bout in over a year.
The pandemic hit hard for England, who went from having at least four fights a year to none in the blink of an eye.
“It’s been very frustrating not having someone to fight in over a year,” he said.
“I’ve been training non-stop all year around but the biggest factor is that you can do as much hard work as you want but if you have no goal to look forward to you get quite agitated.
“There’s nothing to put your hard work towards and now that I actually have a fight I can’t wait to be out there again.”
Now the Mandurah-based fighter is set to contest the WBC Asian Boxing Council and IBO Oceania Orient Championships, which would see England hit the top 30 in the world if he wins.
“In March last year I won the WBC Asia Super Featherweight Title, which put me at 40 in the world,” England said.
“These next two belts are guaranteed top 30 in the world so they put me down 10 more spaces in the world ranking.
“I’m excited, happy and grateful for this fight.”
England said he had been covering all his bases to prepare for his return to the ring.
“I’ve been doing all my work up at my coach’s house because due to COVID-19 he had to close his gym doors,” he said.
“He moved everything to his place up in the mountains. The altitude up there is quite high and it’s thin air so all of the training is a hell of a lot harder.”
Other than getting ready for his fight against Shiva Mishra there has been something even bigger England has been preparing for. A baby.
“I’ve got a baby on the way so I want to get this fight out the way so I can be there for my partner,” England said.
“By the end of the year I’m hoping to have more fights.
“I want to fight some bigger names but a lot of them don’t want to fight until it’s in their favour, however, if I win these two fights they will have to fight me there is no where to hide.”
England’s bout will be held at Metro City in Perth on Friday, May 28.