Jack Massey came through his toughest fight yet, after digging in to seal a points victory over Danny Fleary in Manchester last weekend.
The unbeaten Chapel cruiserweight was tested severely during the four-round bout at the Phones4U Arena, but was handed a 38-37 win on the Sky Sports televised bill.
Massey was cautious in the opening exchanges whilst his opponent, ten years his senior, worked the body with relative ease.
Massey gradually grew into the fight more and more and after a pep talk by trainer Bobby Rimmer, the 21-year-old bloodied the nose of Fleary in the second.
The third and fourth rounds turned into an old-fashioned scrap with both fighters giving as good as they got, but Massey was able to dictate the tempo and in the fourth he sent Fleary to the canvas, in what was ultimately the bout-winning shot.
Speaking to the Advertiser, Massey says the fight was the toughest he has experienced so far.
He said: “It was a bit of a war really, and it was a really close-fought bout.
“His work rate was really good so I had to dig in for all four rounds.
“In the third and fourth rounds I knew I had to use my boxing head and just try and jab his head off.
“That’s when it turned into a war and thankfully I pushed on and got the win.
“He’s the strongest opponent I’ve faced so far. He’s got a lot of strength and you can feel that.
“He’s got a bit more power than other fighters I’ve faced and you could feel him pushing a little bit harder.
“Bobby gave me a bit of a telling off but that kind of spurred me on.
“I knew it was close and that I had to push myself really hard.
“I managed to knock him down in the fourth and felt like I did enough for the win.”