Luke Jackson recaps Will Young fight, title win and more

THE price of success varies from person to person.

For Luke Jackson, it meant missing out on his birthday celebrations, a restricted Christmas and an arduous six week training camp away from home in Sydney.

His sacrifices ultimately paid dividends as Jackson (now 8-0, 3 KOs) was crowned the Australian featherweight champion, dethroning reigning champion Will Young (4-4, 2 KOs) in a spirited ten round affair.

Jackson, 30, went to Young’s backyard in Toowoomba and in front of a partizan crowd, flooring the defending champion while picking up his first piece of silverware in the paid ranks.

The Tasmanian was the victor via a controversial split decision, with judges Phil Austin and Tony Kettlewell favouring the former Olympian by identical 96-93 verdicts, while Cyril Cairns rendered 95-94 scorecard in favour of Young.

“I prepared very well for the fight in Sydney for six weeks under master trainer Billy Hussein,” said Jackson in an interview with Aus-Boxing. “I feel like I boxed well but I know I can do better,”

In many ways, Jackson is the consummate professional. He lives a healthy lifestyle and is in the gym all-year round.

In spite of his impressive victory, Jackson was still critical of his performance on the night – citing several areas for improvement – including some criticisms that extended outside of the ring.

“It’s a slow process of adapting to the professional game,” Jackson said.

“But the judge that gave Will Young the fight needs to be banned from boxing, I feel I won nine out of the ten rounds and I dropped him in the second round too,”

“These people ruin lives with incompetence. My team put a complaint in to have that judge looked at.”

Now holding the Australian featherweight title firmly within his grasps, Jackson was full of praise for his worthy adversary in Will Young. Having watched his second round knockdown of Young more than a handful of times, the former Commonwealth Games bronze medallist is still in shock that he didn’t earn a knockout victory.

“I can’t believe he got up, it shows how tough he was,” explained Jackson. “I think if they let me use the gloves that my sponsor STING gives me, he wouldn’t of got up,”

“They made me use Punish gloves and they felt like pillows,”

“The crowd was very hostile, every time he threw a punch the crowd went crazy,” Jackson continued.

Having won the national strap in the hostile surroundings of Rumours International, the recently crowned featherweight champion understands the effects that an enthusiastic crowd can have on a fight.

“Every time I hit him – there was no sound – but like I said I’ve been everywhere as a amateur boxer and boxed all over the world, so it didn’t bother me.”

Since returning home, Jackson has been vocal about the possibility of a homecoming fight in Tasmania. Since turning professional, Jackson is yet to fight in his home state, which is something he’d like to change in the near future.

“It feels great to finally have the belt,” said Jackson in closing. “I have had so much support from Tasmania and the media has been great,”

“I want to defend my belt down here in July and I’m sure I could pack out a stadium.”

Photo: Wildman Photography



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