Chapel-en-le-Frith cruiserweight Jack Massey will be back in the ring on June 9 - on the undercard of former world heavyweight champion Tyson Fury’s return to action.
Massey, who is unbeaten in 13 professional fights so far, will do battle with an as yet unnamed opponent on the biggest bill of his career at Manchester Arena, with Fury at the top of it.
And for 25-year-old Massey, it will be a great opportunity to put his name firmly on the boxing map both locally and nationally, with the event being broadcast live on BT Sport and also featuring former WBO Lightweight champion Tony Flanagan, among others.
Massey said: “It’s my second fight with promoter Frank Warren and a huge privilege to be on a bill like this.
“I’ve built up a great fanbase in my local area but to expand that into Manchester and beyond would be fantastic.”
Massey’s last fight was a points win over Cameroonian Blaise Mendouo in Leeds back in October, having previously knocked out Ilkeston’s Russ Henshaw at the Devonshire Dome in March 2017.
He added: “We were in negotiations for the British title this year but that didn’t come off, so we’ll probably look at that again after a couple more fights.”
To fight on the Fury undercard highlights the considerable rise Massey has enjoyed since turning professional, which in turn came about despite his first talents being exhibited on the ice hockey rink.
He said: “I played a lot of ice hockey but also got involved in a lot of fights in the process, so my dad basically decided it was better for me to take up boxing instead!
“I come from a boxing background - my grandad fought in the army and my dad boxed a bit too, as did my brother.”