FightCard Promotions is proud and honoured to announce that Australian Olympian Luke Jackson will be joining its stable of promoted boxers.
"I think this decision will surprise a lot of people because I said I would never ever turn professional, but obviously, you can never say never!" was the immediate reaction from Luke Jackson upon inking a long term promotional deal with FightCard Promotions.
Serious in his efforts to make the best of his professional opportunity, Jackson who captained the 2012 Olympic boxing team, has surrounded himself with the best available in all areas.
A native of Tasmania, Jackson will complete his fight preparations under the watchful eye of Billy Hussein, whilst being managed by the Mike Altamura / Cameron Dunkin combination. Fighting under the FightCard Promotions banner will see Jackson re-united with close friend and Olympic quarter finalist Jeff Horn, in a powerful stable of up-and-coming boxers that includes Jarrod Fletcher, Tim Hunt, Todd Kidd, Dwight Ritchie and Jai Alexander amongst others.
Understandably excited about the new challenge and teaming with Billy Hussein, Jackson can’t wait to get started on the next stage of his career.
"I'm very excited to learn from Billy Hussein and be the best I can. I've trained myself for the last 8 years and wrote all my programs so it will be good to have someone else in charge besides myself. I need a new challenge! I've done everything possible in the amateurs except win a medal at the Olympics. I've been unbeaten in Australia since 2005 and now it's time to test myself in the professionals."
Speaking on the signing direct from Las Vegas, Cameron Dunkin said of the signing.
“I am very excited to be managing Luke, and also very excited to be co-managing another fighter with Mike Altamura, whom I consider one of the best boxing managers in the world. Luke has a lot of potential not only because of his physical gifts (Smart, strong, disciplined, and amateur experience), but aside from that, he'll be training with Billy Hussein. I consider Billy one of the best trainers in the world. That decision alone shows me the intelligence in and out of the ring of Luke Jackson."
"Luke is a very skilled and disciplined fighter, and I admire his qualities as a person. He's a well-spoken, dedicated kid, and the kind of athlete I'm happy to associate myself with. I have no doubt he'll be one of the next generation stars on the Australian boxing scene."
Touching on an amateur career spanning 112 fights, Jackson has few peers over recent times. With wins over Nicolas Walters (WBA World featherweight champion) and Sharif Bogare (WBA #3 and current title challenger), there is plenty of promise ahead. Top Australian prospects Joel Brunker (World #3) and Paul Fleming the 2008 Olympian who is currently unbeaten, have both tasted defeat at the talented and quick hands of Luke Jackson. An 8 time Tasmanian and 4 time Australian amateur champion, veteran of two Commonwealth games, two World championships, five Oceania Games and the 2012 Olympics, there are very few as credentialed, experienced or respected.
At 28 and the ultimate professional, Jackson has both the talent and experience to make an immediate impact at world level.
The announcement brings together some of the most prominent figures currently represented in Australian boxing, all united behind a prestigious talent.