Toughest opponent yet for Chapel boxer Jack Massey

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Although he managed to preserve his unbeaten professional record, Chapel boxer Jack Massey admitted Heywood opponent Martyn Granger had been his toughest opponent so far after Saturday’s points victory at a packed MEN area in Manchester.

Fighting on the undercard of Anthony Crolla’s WBA WBA lightweight world title fight, Massey won every one of the six rounds to make it eight wins out of eight.

Yet he told the Advertiser: “I won every round, but it wasn’t easy. It was probably the hardest fight I have had yet and a good tester to see where I am at this point.

“He was there, pushing me all the time, coming forward at me all the time and I had to keep him off.

“He put in some good shots and I really had to box him a bit. I wasn’t looking for the knock-out as he was a really tough lad and not one you can put away.”

Massey enjoyed the experience of being on a big bill and hopes he could be back there later in the year.

“It was a good bill to be on and very exciting stuff. Now it’s on to the next one and I am hoping it could be September 19th back at the MEN,” he said.

The 22-year-old, sponsored by Natural Stone Surfaces, Smiths of Marple and HGV Direct went through 16 weeks of hard training in preparation for Saturday, including a training camp in America with mixed martial artist Quinton Rampage Jackson.