Massey defies late switch of opponent to win again

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Jack Massey extended his unbeaten record to 11 fights after claiming the Internation Masters title last weekend, despite the identity of his opponent change on the morning of the bout.

Massey once again packed out the Devonshire Dome on Saturday as he overcame Lithuania’s Rolandas Cesna on points, going all six rounds but winning each of them.

But having initially been scheduled to fight Polish big hitter Jarek Prusak, Massey was shocked to discover at noon on the day of the bout that despite having travelled to the UK, Prusak hadn’t been verified by the Polish Boxing Federation and so was denied the chance to compete.

Massey said: “Obviously it’s not ideal but to be honest it doesn’t matter who I face, I just train the same way and go out and box in my own style.

“Prusak had a lot more knockouts under his belt than Cesna so there was a potential difference in style there, but I got to have a look at some video of Cesna so had an idea of what I’d face beforehand.

“It was good of him to step in at 11 hours’ notice and the good thing is that he was ready to fight as he’d been due to appear in Stoke the day before but his opponent had pulled out.

“That meant it was still a tough fight for me to go into and made winning the title just as good an achievement as if I’d faced Prusak.”

On the fight itself, he added: “I boxed as my corner told me to and had a couple of rounds sizing him up, but the whole fight went well.

“It was brilliant to have such amazing support again as it really helps and I’m grateful to all of those who came to watch.”

Massey expects to be back in action before the end of the year although an opponent is yet to be confirmed for what will be the first fight of his five-bout deal to appear on the BoxNation television channel.

That deal was confirmed last week, with Massey adding: “Fighting on BoxNation will be great for me as it will get my name out there worldwide and to lots more fans in Great Britain too, so it’s exciting and I’m really looking forward to it.

“The quality of opponent will be that bit better than I’m used to and I’ll no doubt be fighting a bit further afield than just in Buxton or Manchester, but it’s a great chance to build my fanbase up locally as well as across the country.

“We’ll keep the Buxton fights going so that people here can still see me fight as before, but I’m excited by the new challenge.”