JENKINS AND BUCKLEY BATTLE TO DRAW
By Tom Watt on Aug 9 2017
Isaac Buckley and Josh Jenkins delighted fans in Sydney last Friday, battling to a hard-fought draw in front of raucous crowd as part of Astrid Van Der Sluys’ Sydney Fight League Promotion. Buckley, a popular Northern Beaches-based fighter, was coming in off the back of 2 wins this year after making the switch from Pro Surfing. In the other corner, Jenkins, a highly respected amateur who’s professional career has stalled since his professional debut was finally looking to get some momentum behind him.
Both men brought a decent crowd with them and neither was keen to leave them disappointed. Jenkins, a decorated and respected amateur settled down much quicker and worked well behind his jab and showing the great timing and accuracy one would expect from someone with as decorated an amateur career. However a brutal last minute weight cut began to show as the rounds wore on and by the end of the third, Buckley was coming on strong.
Buckley, a former Professional Surfer who took up Boxing following an injury that prematurely ended his surfing career, began to turn the screw as his opponent faded and appeared to have Jenkins struggling following a series of body-shots late in the fourth but was unable to apply the finishing touches with the gap in experience perhaps proving to be Jenkins’ saviour a he tied the inexperienced Buckley up whilst the round closed out.
More of the same was to follow with Buckley pushing the pace and Jenkins looking to box smartly off the back foot as he looked to stay out of the way of the powerful and marauding ex-surfer. The tide of the fight had truly swung in Buckley’s favour and the predominantly pro-Buckley crowd were making themselves known, however as the final bell sounded neither fighter’s corner looked convinced their man had done enough to take the win convincingly.
As the judges’ scorecards were read out, there was very little objection from either corner, all three judges scored the fight 57-57 – a draw.
Immediately the questions were asked as to the possibility of a rematch, a fight both men seemed more than willing to accept. Focus will now be on promoter Astrid Van Der Sluys to deliver and with a show in front of Buckley’s home crowd in Dee Why pencilled in for September 23rd, expect to see the ‘Dee Why Destroyer’ back in action next month regardless.