I had the great pleasure recently to talk to one of Australia’s best young exports, a fighter who was introduced to me a couple of years ago by Oceania’s most knowledgeable journalists as one to watch, so paying it forward I thought I would return the favour, so without further ado Ladies and Gentleman I present ‘Action’ Jackson England.
Tell us about Jackson Jon England, the person outside of a boxing ring?
I am 22 years old, born and raised in Sydney NSW, moved to Perth WA when I was 11/12 years old, I now work as a personal trainer/boxing coach and I train pretty much every day 2/3 times a day, boxing has always been a big passion of mine ever since I was young.
How did it all start in the sport of boxing and why was boxing more attractive than other sports to you personally?
Boxing was always in my life, my dad fought professionally, so did my uncles and grandfathers (Stevan Mcivor) (Errol Mcivor) (Noel & Ricky Thurnberry) (Trevor Thurnberry) I was always interested and loved the sport of boxing and the science behind it, to me it’s one of the classiest sports in the world, it’s a gentleman’s sport, I got into it when I was 14 and it was my step dad who took me to my first boxing class.
Can you tell us about your amateur career and your overall record?
I had 22 amateur fights so nothing too massive, I won a state title and a golden globe title but I’ve always found that I had more of a professional style compared to the others and I love the legacy and the performance you can leave in the pros and the ability to showcase your talent and style plus your personality.
How was the transition from Amateur to Professional?
The transition from amateur to pro wasn’t very hard at all as I felt a lot more comfortable in the paid ranks than amateur, but in all honesty I was always comfortable in the ring it didn’t matter if it was amateur or professional.
What are your biggest traits as a boxer?
One of my biggest traits I would say is the style and entertainment I bring to the ring as a boxer, you have to be able to do everything, whether it’s boxing, counter punching, brawling or moving, you have to be able to switch it up and bring all kinds of things to the table, be creative.
I am also big on performing for my fans, my friends and family that support me, I’m really grateful, so I like to entertain them and give them a show to showcase myself, I love doing that.
Where do you call home as a boxing camp and can you take us through a typical day in the run up to a fight?
Home would be training with my coach at his gym called Onyx, we do a structured schedule of all different training methods and my coach Jay Gray is well rounded in everything whether that be technical boxing, strength / conditioning or explosive weight training, we train up to 6 days a week from morning, midday and night, sparring up to 3/4 times a week.
You’ve got a record of 12-1-0 – Who would you say was the best in terms of a learning curve as a professional boxer?
I’d say the two best I have faced so far was the man I fought for the Australian title (Cain Brunton) and Jason Tinampay which was my last fight, they both had great boxing ability and were very tough but I would say that the one I have learnt the most from was actually the loss (Richard Lockett) that I have on my record, to me I do not take it as a loss instead as a learning experience, I believe I won the fight but also know the fight was difficult to score.
I fought a man who was very smart on not wanting to get hurt so he wrestled me, held me, head butted me and did all kinds of things to smother every shot landed, he almost went down on one occasion but would hold and do what he could to stop me from being able to punch, it taught me that in any fight sometimes you need to be dirty to get out of situations.
In your previous contest you stopped Jason Tinampay – Can you take us through that fight?
It was for the vacant WBC Asian Boxing Council Silver Super Feather Title, going into that fight I knew he had a lot to offer, from his record of people he had fought I knew I needed to be on my game, I thrive off pressure, dropping him with a left rip to the body which I felt sink in, I instantly realised he wasn’t getting up.
In an Ideal world what would be the next step for you?
I’m happy with any opportunity that arises, the aim is obviously to be a World champion, all I want is to be able to be up there and compete at the top level with the very best, I know in myself and how hard I push myself that I can get there in time, there is no rush but I know I am always ready for whatever is thrown my way.
The Super Featherweight division is a stacked one brimming with talent – who do you see as the divisions best currently?
There are so many in the division at the moment that I can definitely say are up there as the best, I’m looking forward to watching Valdez Vs. Berchelt both are awesome fighters, strong which will be a very interesting match-up, currently I would say they are the best at the moment, Davis is also in the picture, he’s strong and sharp and puts his punches together soo well.
Australia have a history of unearthing talent, the latest being the Maloney Brothers and Tim Tszyu but when asked on numerous occasions, your name continually comes into conversation – so that being said, what puts you ahead of others cueing up for stardom on the world stage?
To be honest I am not too sure but both Maloney boys and Tim Tszyu are great and do so well for Aussie boxing, continuing to put it on the map.
To hear my name being brought up among people and being told I might be the next on the world stage, I couldn’t ask for anything better, it’s an amazing feeling to hear people say that about myself I am really humbled and really grateful.
Did you watch Jason Moloney’s failed attempt against Inoue? What were your thoughts on the fight?
Yes, I watched Jason fight Inoue and what a fight it was, even though Jason came up short he did so well and to go up against one of the world’s Pound for Pound best and manage to go seven rounds, It showed Jason’s talent and grit, it was a awesome day for Australian boxing to witness and for the world to see how well he did.
What is your wishes for the rest of 2020 / 2021?
The wishes for the rest of this year and next would be for me and my partner, friends and family, the world to just be safe and happy, I also wish for fights to kick back off as soon as they can, my last fight was in March and we are in December now so I’m dying to get back in the ring.
Thank you for your time today champ, on leaving is there anyone you would like to thank?
I’d like to thank my partner for always supporting me and loving me, I know I train so much and am always busy but I do it not for myself but for her and my family, I’d also like to thank my family for their support and love, I couldn’t be where I am without them and lastly I’d like to thank my manager Tony (Tolj) for all the time and effort he puts in to the team.
Upon leaving we would like to congratulate Jackson & Francesca on the forthcoming arrival of their Baby Boy.