“It’s time to showcase what I can do.’’
Unbeaten Cruiserweight contender Jack Massey maintains that he is becoming stronger, faster and more skilful with age, as he prepares to make his challenge for the top of the domestic pool.
Buxton’s Jack Massey began his journey as a professional boxer with nothing more than a dream. A sport which began as nothing more than a boyhood hobby had rapidly become a way of life and now, a career filled with great potential.
‘’I started off playing ice hockey at a young age and for a bit of extra fitness training I went to a local boxing gym in Buxton. I fell in love with the sport from there at the age of 12.’’
Twelve years and twelve victories as a professional later, the 24-year-old is rubbing his hands in eager anticipation, as his next fight and the beginning of the next chapter of his career draws closer.
With an opponent yet to be announced, the Buxton man is remaining focused as he adds the finishing touches to his training camp.
‘’Training for the 21st is going great. I had a bit of a setback sparring in May with a cut but I haven’t been out the gym since. I’ve been working very hard developing on different things.’’
Solid domestic level fighters such as Tommy McCarthy have provided sparring partners to Massey, who oozed confidence as he detailed the quality of his trainer and the methods employed to improve his game.
‘’I feel I’ve come on leaps and bounds under Robert Rimmer. Strength, speed and all-round boxing. Putting a few sparring partners downs has proven that.’’
Massey has become the latest to join the somewhat revolution which has been the MTK Global, and is hoping he can repay their faith with a knockout performance on the undercard of Josh Warrington vs Dennis Ceylan at the First Direct Arena in Leeds on 21st October.
‘’I’m really looking forward to the Boxnation fight as it will be my first with them and also with my new management, MTK.’’
‘’Boxnation have a great reputation in the boxing world with some big names under their belt. And Frank Warren has been around the sport for a long time.’’
With 12 learning fights under his belt, the young contender feels ready to mount a challenge for titles on the domestic level and beyond, and spoke about his plans for the immediate future with a great hope and expectation.
‘’I’m looking for some big titles next year we’ll see what my management have in store. I may have one more fight before the end of the year.’’
Current British champion Matty Askin (22-3-1) makes his maiden defence against Stephen Simmons (17-2) on 7th October on an MTK show, and Massey will be watching events unfold with a heightened interest. Two good performances this side of Christmas will firmly put young Jack Massey’s name in amongst the best Cruiserweight’s in the country.
‘’The Brit Cruiser scene is looking good at the moment. There will be some good tough fights to come which I’m happy about as some of my fans have complained about paying for one round.’’
The likes of Lawrence Okolie and Isaac Chamberlain have emerged as some of the more recognisable names in the division, fighting on shows with Sky Sports. But with the backing of Boxnation and BT, coupled with undeniable talent, the unbeaten man from Derbyshire has high hopes of becoming ‘the’ name in the British Cruiserweight division.
‘’I’m number eight in the rankings at the moment and looking to get to number one soon.’’
The Devonshire Dome in Buxton, Derby has become the unofficial home of Massey of late, with his last four fights taking place at the venue. Four stellar victories has built up strong hometown support, and the young prospect will want to showcase talent when he takes his journey on the road to Leeds.
‘’Thanks to all the ongoing support and keep your eyes peeled for a big 2018.’’
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Written by Thomas Humber