Chapel-en-le-Frith boxer Jack Massey was denied a chance to extend his unbeaten record in the ring, after he suffered a cut on the bridge of his nose in training.
The injury was sustained when sparring a fortnight before the scheduled fight at VIP Boxing Promotions’ Time to Shine night at the Bolton Whites Hotel on Friday 19th May.
Having put himself through weeks of hard work, Massey was disappointed not to have had the opportunity to showcase his talents on a billing which was shown live on BT Sport.
He said: “Unfortunately, I had to pull out due to a cut on my nose. I was gutted. It was supposed to be my first one with BoxNation on TV but it wasn’t to be.
“I was looking forward to it with it being my first one on BoxNation but you’ve got to be prepared for this sort of thing. It comes with the sport.
“I’d been in camp since my last camp so it was disappointing but I’ve got to move on with it. I’m in the gym and waiting on a date for my next fight.”
Massey, who has a two-year contract with Frank Warren’s BoxNation, is scheduled to fight again in September but is hoping to get another one in before then.
“It usually takes six weeks before you can start sparring again,” said Massey. “So I’m looking at fighting again in the next eight weeks or so.
“Frank Warren has been in the game for a long time. He’s seen this sort of thing hundreds of times and it’s just what happens in boxing. It’s an occupational hazard.”
The 24-year-old cruiserweight has won all 12 of his professional fights - six from knock-out - and is eager to get back into the ring though admits he will need to make one change.
“The cut was due to a faulty head guard. The head guard has a bar on it and it’s supposed to protect your nose. The bar has hit my nose and split it open.
“It’s done more damage than the punch itself. I would have been a lot better off if I didn’t have that head guard on - or any head guard on! I’ll definitely change head guards.”