Boxing: No nerves for Massey ahead of debut TV bout

Chapel fighter Jack Massey in training.
Chapel fighter Jack Massey in training.

Unbeaten Chapel cruiserweight Jack Massey is in confident mood ahead of his TV debut this weekend.

Massey, who recently turned 21, faces Danny Fleary at the Phones4U Arena in Manchester tonight (Saturday April 19) on the undercard of the WBA super-bantamweight title fight between Scott Quigg and Tshifhiwa Munyai.

Fleary is ten years Massey’s senior but is also preparing for only his fourth senior outing in the paid ranks, having first picked up the gloves less than a year ago.

Massey was scheduled to feature on a bill in Oldham last month, but that was postponed after a shoulder injury forced him to withdraw.

He insists though that the lay-off has given him more time to hone his skills in the gym, ahead of the Sky Sports televised bill.

He said: “I’ve had loads of time to prepare in the gym, and it’s (injury) actually been a blessing in disguise.

“I’ve had a lot more time to work on fitness and I’ve been sparring three or four times a week.

“The shoulder worry was a muscular injury but it’s all good now and I feel fitter than ever.”

When quizzed on whether he would have any nerves over competing in a large arena, and in front of the TV cameras, Massey says he must let his skills ease any worries of stagefright.

He added: “I’m not too nervous at the minute but I’m sure there will be a few nerves once the day arrives.

“But when that bell goes I’ve got to go out there and show what I can do.”