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Jack Massey makes a ‘statement’ on Tyson Fury undercard

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Jack Massey has moved up to fifth in the UK cruiserweight rankings after his second round knockout of Ian Tims at Manchester Arena.

Saturday’s bout was scheduled for eight rounds but Chapel-en-le-Frith boxer Massey didn’t need long at all to make his mark on Tyson Fury’s undercard.

The 25-year-old picked off experienced Irishman Tims to remain unbeaten in his professional career with 14 wins to his name, which includes seven knockouts.

It all happened so quickly Massey barely had time to soak up the big stage, but made a lasting impression with the event shown live on BT Sport.

He said: “It happened so fast. He was supposed to come and give me a good test. A lot of people had told me about him who had seen him and had said it would be a good test for me.

“From round one I went out there and put it on him and was hurting him with shots. Second round, I caught him with a body shot which slowed him down then caught him with a head shot and then put him down with one.

“He didn’t recover after that.”

And added: “I surprised myself a little bit.

“For the past six months, I’ve seen a massive improvement in my power and it showed on Saturday.

“We went out to make a statement on such a big show in front of a big crowd and viewers and we pulled it off.”

The night saw Fury top the bill and make a winning return to the ring against Sefer Seferi after three years away.

Massey, meanwhile, is looking to get another fight in this summer before setting his sights on a British title shot later this year.