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Jackson Jon England primed for boilover against Liam Wilson this Friday

Jackson Jon England with manager Tony Tolj. Photo credit: Top Class Boxing

Super featherweight Jackson Jon England 15-2 (8) is looking to move from prospect to contender when he takes on WBO number two 130-pounder Liam Wilson 12-2 (7) at The Star in Sydney, Australia on Friday night.

Victory will cap off a stellar year for the 26-year-old from Perth, who is fresh off his 10-round split decision win over formerly world-rated Nathaniel ‘Cheeky’ May 22-4 (13) in one of the fight of the year in October.

For his part, Caboolture’s Wilson, 27, rebounded from his ninth-round knockout loss to Emanuel Navarrete 38-1-1 (31) in February with a 10-round virtual shutout win over Carlos Alanis 12-1 (4) in August.

Wilson made a name for himself against Navarrete in their clash for the vacant WBC super featherweight title in Glendale, Arizona. Taking the fight on short notice, he had the three-weight world champion down heavily in the fourth round before Navarrete unleashed his heavy artillery and finished the fight within the distance.

Both England and Jackson are in career-best form, which augurs well for this matchup.

“Look, there’s no bad blood between myself and Liam,” England told Fox Sports Australia.

“Just as I’ve got nothing but respect for what he’s already done, including his performance earlier this year against Navarrete. But it’s my time now.

“And while Liam is obviously a great operator, I do see a fair few holes in his game.

“I feel my movement, my speed, my explosiveness, it will all be big factors on the night.”

England has been in camps with George Kambosos Jr 21-2 (10) as a sparring partner and says he has learnt a lot from training alongside the former WBA, WBO and IBF lightweight champion.

His ability to mimic other boxer’s styles got him the gig.

“Probably the way I imitate fighters, I’ve been good at that for a long time,” England said. “For [Devin] Haney, they wanted an orthodox fighter. But then in sparring for Maxi Hughes, I stayed southpaw the entire time.

“And having that ability to switch back and forth, to mimic these guys, I think that’s a big factor. Then there’s my speed, my explosiveness and movement, that all helps too.

“It was shortly after my loss to Paul Fleming [a close decision in March of last year] that George’s dad phoned me. And, at first, going over there to spar, I was starstruck.

“But over time George and I have developed a friendship and whenever he needs me, I’m there.

“Where George has been, what he’s done, his knowledge, his ability – the guy is a world class fighter – so to share the ring with him has been incredible.

“While I’m there to help him, he’s really been helping me as well.

“There are levels in this sport and you see those levels when you spar with George Kambosos.”

England knows what a victory over someone of Wilson’s calibre will do for his career.

“I’m more than worthy and nothing but ready,” England said. “I want to be where Liam Wilson is, and further.

“As I said before, there’s no bad blood and no disrespect between us.

“But I want to fight for a world title and the only way there is to climb through the top guys.”

The Wilson vs England fight will be the main support bout to the 12-round super bantamweight contest between world-rated Sam ‘The Ghost’ Goodman 16-0 (7) and Zhong Liu 19-0 (7). It will be broadcast live in Australia on Foxtel and Kayo.