Like a rose in bloom the world starts to open once more with the relaxation of its restrictions, allowing fight fans to once more appreciate the pugilistic arts up close and personal.
Australia as recently followed suit with the announcement that not only its borders were to be flung open for foreign travel but also that a fight card teaming with talent will present itself, none more intriguing than the encounter of Jackson England versus Paul Fleming on March 23rd.
Its been a long wait for Jackson whose last outing witnessed the superb seventh round stoppage of Shiva Mishra in May, a performance heaping further pressure on the young shoulders of the Perth resident with eagerness of a step up in class from fans and fighter alike.
Promoter Tony Tolj heard the call load and clear making the announcement of former Amateur stand out / unbeaten star Paul Fleming to provide the next test.
“Jackson has looked great in his last few fights and is ready for a step up” Said Tolj on the contest “I think this is a better chance than ever to get rated in the WBA, IBF, WBC & WBO, so why not”
“Boxing is all about taking calculated risks and this is what this is. Fleming is a class act and I have nothing but respect for him, I just think this could be Jackson’s time to shine.”
The unbeaten Fleming was a prominent figure in the amateur ranks having represented Australia at the highest of levels, more specifically the 2008 Olympics in Beijing. He made his professional debut in 2008 where to date he has amassed a record of 27-0-1 with his latest victory coming against Tyson Lantry via seventh round stoppage in March 2021.
Fleming holds a vast experience advantage over Jackson but with excitement he is ready to meet the challenge head on.
“Fighting someone like Paul is definitely a step up and there is nothing I want more than to step up and fight the best” Jackson told TopClassBoxing “I have nothing but respect for Paul and what he as achieved in Australian Boxing , a win over him would be huge for my career”
To accomplish this feat he has highlighted weaknesses in his upcoming dance partner.
“In his fight with Tarimo I noticed a couple of things during that performance that I can exploit and have been working in the gym to be able to fulfill that strategy”
The arrival of his son and the ever present support of his partner Francesca, as reinvigorated the 24-Year old ambitions to accomplish his dream of one day becoming a world champion.
The contest will be showcased on a fight card that will also present the heavyweight encounter of Rugby supremo Sonny Bill Williams Vs Barry Hall and Michael Hall who will take on Mitchel Stapleton.
Amongst solid company Jackson is eager to steal the show at the ICC Arena in Sydney.
“Expect a great showcase of skills and ability between two great boxers that bring a lot of excitement and flair” said Jackson when asked what the fight fans can expect.
The Aussie boxing scene is a thriving hotbed of talent that finds Jackson one amongst the crowd looking to get ahead of the rest.
“Australian boxing is booming but I don’t believe I’ve had my time to shine on a big stage, this fight gives me the opportunity to showcase my abilities to a wider audience and to let the world know that I am one of the top guys”
Harbouring dreams of one day fighting under the bright lights of Las Vegas or London, England, a win on the 27th broadens those horizons with thoughts fleeting of one day emulating the likes of Jeff Fenech, Anthony Mundine, Danny Green, Kostya Tyzsu, Vic Darchinyan and more recently George Kambosis Jr as a world champion.
This is a step in the right direction for Jackson, one that could propel him towards a World title in the years to follow.