Massey lights up Blackpool with early stoppage win

Jack Massey, of Chapel, after recording a third professional win in Blackpool.
Jack Massey, of Chapel, after recording a third professional win in Blackpool.

Chapel’s Jack Massey extended his unbeaten run last weekend with a convincing win over Tommy Gifford in Blackpool.

The 20-year-old cruiserweight went into the bout at the Winter Gardens in high spirits after his recent victory over stubborn opponent Will Burkin in Bolton last month.

Gifford, who hails from Weston-super-Mare, came out all guns blazing early on but Massey caught his opponent with a sweet connection in the second round which ensured his record was extended to 3-0-0.

Jack’s dad David Massey says the strategy for the fight went entirely according to plan.

He told the Advertiser: “Jack hit him with a big shot and the guy’s legs just went straight away.

“The fight went to plan. The tactics were set up for Jack beforehand and we knew he (Gifford) would be throwing bombs in the first round.

“Bobby (Rimmer, Massey’s coach) told Jack to take it steady early on and lull in his opponent.

“You could see the guy’s confidence was up after the first round and that meant he was on the front foot and ultimately it allowed Jack to move in and get him with a strong shot.”

Referee Phil Edwards intervened as the impact of the shot forced Gifford onto the ropes, giving Massey his third win in the paid ranks.

The fight was on the undercard of the Jack Arnfield v Max Maxwell bout, in which Arnfield secured a points win to clinch the vacant British Masters middleweight title in front of his home crowd.

David says Jack escaped unscathed from the bout, after disposing of Gifford halfway through the second round.

He said: “Jack’s feeling fine, There’s no injury or damage to him which is a good sign.”

The victory ensures Massey will go into 2014 with his unbeaten record intact as he awaits news regarding his next batch of fights.

Massey’s promotion company recently signed him up to three bouts, set to take place on Sky Sports’ shows for early next year.