Buckley Wins His 300th Bout and Retires from Boxing!
By Ken Hissner, DoghouseBoxing (Nov 3, 2008) DoghouseBoxing.com  
Birmingham, England’s Peter “Professor” Buckley, 32-256-12 (8), scored a victory in his 300th and final bout Friday night in his hometown in a rematch with Matin Mohammed, 0-1-1, of Nottingham, with whom he battled to a draw on October 5th. Buckley announced prior to the fight that it would be his last fight win or lose. The lone judge, referee Shaun Messer awarded the decision 40-38 to Buckley over 4 rounds.

Buckley started his career in October of 1989 with a loss, which was followed by a draw
and then 7 straight wins. It looked like a promising career. The record got up to 20-9-3 when the losing started after winning the BBBBofC Midlands Area Super featherweight title in 1992. He lost 17 in a row and had the tag “opponent”. He later won the BBBofC Midlands super bantamweight title in 1995. Twice Buckley was matched with Prince Naseem Hamed, losing a decision in November of 1992 and being stopped in the 4th round in January of 1994. He has lost to 42 future world, European, British and Commonwealth champions. In spite of his 256 losses, Buckley has only been stopped 10 times. Only once has he fought outside the UK, that in Austria.

Per my record findings only Reggie Strickland, 66-276-17, of the US has a higher number of losses and is inactive. There have been 15 boxers to reach the 100 mark of which 8 are still active including Buckley. The United Kingdom has 6 of them, including Ernie Smith, 13-132-5, Karl Taylor, 16-116-6, Tony Booth, 51-105-9, Paul Bonson, 20-102-8 and Peter Dunn, 12-102-4. Slovokia has Jozef Kubovsky, 13-101-14 and the lone US fighter is Benji Singleton, 26-107-5.

Other inactive boxers to reach 100 were Donnie Penelton, 13-164-5, Jerry Strickland, 13-122, Frankie Hines, 17-120-5, Lee Cargle, 35-117-1 and Danny Wofford, 17-102-2 all of the US. Brian Coleman, 24-141-7 is of the UK.

“I’ve had my eye on the 300 mark for a while and it’s a little milestone I wanted to achieve, but I don’t want to fight on,” said Buckley. He added, “I don’t know what I’ll do after this. When I was a youngster I was in trouble with the police, a really wild kid. The sport gave me a focus in life.”

Ken at: kenhissner@yahoo.com

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