PETER BUCKLEY was known as “The Professor of Pugilism” and here’s a quick lesson from him in how to lose a fight. “The art of it is to not fight for three minutes of every round,” said Buckley. “I knew how to break a round up because if you can break a fighter’s rhythm, that’s half the battle won.
“You have to buy a bit of time by pushing them off, having a walk around, hitting them on the blind side of the referee. If you can gain 10 to 20 seconds, that can break a fighter’s momentum. I respected the referees, but knew what I could get away with.”
Better than anyone, Buckley knows how to lose a fight. He lost 256 of his 300 fights (there were also 12 draws), boxed 1,686 rounds and nearly nine years into his retirement, he’s a talkative interviewee with only a slightly squashed nose the only obvious souvenir from a sport he still loves.