Chapel’s Jack Massey says his participation in a recent training camp in Spain was a ‘great experience’.
The Chapel cruiserweight was invited to take part in the camp as Frenchman Youri Kalenga put the finishing touches to his world title defence.
Kalenga went on to successfully defend his interim WBA World cruiserweight title in Canada, and Massey says being in the presence of a world champion in the build-up to a major fight was a hugely beneficial experience.
“I was in the camp for nearly three weeks,” said Massey.
“I got the call to go out there only a couple of days after my last fight (against Mitch Mitchell).
“It was a really good experience.
“I was sparring Youri Kalenga just before he went and defended his world title.
“I sparred probably six or eight rounds with him.
“He’s a beast.
“But it was good for my confidence to be in a ring with him.
“I was sparring three days a week, six rounds at a time, so it was full-on.
“The rest of the trip was mostly training and it was a great experience for me.
“It stands me in good stead for my next fight.”
Massey is hopeful that his seventh pro outing will be in Manchester on January 23.
That is when home favourite Anthony Crolla challenges for the WBA world lightweight title against Richar Abril.
Two of Massey’s last three fights have been at the Manchester Arena, and his promoter Steve Wood is working hard to ensure the 21-year-old experiences another Sky Sports-televised bill.
This calendar year has seen Massey pick up three wins from three as he extended his 100% record in the paid ranks.