Peter Buckley can never be denied for his grit and determination during his time in the professional ranks, having fought a staggering 300 times (32-256-12), the Englishman decided to hang up the gloves in 2008 after 19 years in the game.
It’s safe to say the Birmingham boxer traded blows with some of the very best in Britain. Duke McKenzie, Kell Brook and Gavin Rees are just a trio of fighters he battled with.
However, the stand-out name from the pack is Naseem Hamed. And Buckley was on the receiving end of two defeats to the Sheffield man.
Reminiscing from his time spent in the ring with ‘Prince Naseem’, Buckley exclusively told World Boxing News: “I fought him twice and everyone knows how good he was. He’s such a tricky operator, someone who is very tough to get hold of, and hit.
“In the first fight, I lost on points in Everton. In the second his power was just too much and I lost the fight within four rounds in Cardiff. He always got the crowd going with his style of boxing. He achieved a lot in the game and it’s great looking back to know I gave it my best shot,” he added.
In his penultimate fight, ‘The Professor’ was also defeated by current IBF world champion Lee Selby. The Welshman is preparing for an upcoming domestic clash against long-time rival Josh Warrington. Their grudge match is pencilled in for May 19 at Elland Road with Selby being a red-hot favourite to retain his title.
Buckley agrees the bookmakers and stated Selby has the attributes to unify the division. He explained: “I don’t see how Warrington wins the fight, he’s a very, very good fighter and he will have the crowd on his side as he has a huge following in Leeds. That may pump him up and give him more of a chance of becoming the champion, but Selby is probably the best fighter I shared the ring with in terms of the technical aspect.
“He punches with great accuracy and he’s so fast. I knew as soon as I was in the ring with him that this lad was going to go places. He always looks as if he’s got all the time in the world and doesn’t seem to rush for anybody he faces.
“I just believe Selby is a class better and if he can come through this, then it’ll set up yet another huge fight in Britain and perhaps a unification bout. But this fight between himself and Warrington should be a great fight.”
Fellow featherweight and Frank Warren promoted fighter Carl Frampton will be returning in April against Philippine’s Nonito Donaire. A victory would open the doors for the Northern Irishman to mount another challenge for a world title, most likely coming against the winner of Selby and Warrington.
Joe Hewlett is lead writer for World Boxing News. Follow Joe on Twitter @Hewlett95