Unbeaten Jack Massey prepares for step up in competition on undercard of Anthony Crolla’s WBA lightweight world title fight

High Peak cruiserweight Jack Massey.
High Peak cruiserweight Jack Massey.
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Jack Massey has gone through 16 weeks of hard training in preparation for this Saturday’s big fight at Manchester Arena.

The Chapel boxer returns to the ring for the first time since March, when he takes on Martyn Granger.

Massey is making no bold or brash predictions, and admits he’s facing a better quality opponent.

The 7-0-0 cruiserweight told the Advertiser: “He’s had 16 fights, won eight and lost eight and he’s fought a few good names like David Price.

“It’s a bit of a step up for me, a bit of a test.”

And he’s prepared accordingly.

A trip to America to take part in a training camp with mixed martial artist Quinton Rampage Jackson, has been followed by weeks of hard sparring in Manchester, under the watchful eye of renowned trainer Bobby Rimmer.

Massey said: “After America I was straight back in the gym.

“I was supposed to fight a couple of weeks ago but the lad pulled out on me.

“So I’ve been training for 16 weeks, I’m fit and ready.

“Sparring three times a week for the last four weeks has kept me from getting bored or sick of training, working on different things.

“This fight being a step up has been on my mind.”

Although confident in his preparation, the 22-year-old is remaining tight lipped about how and when he’d like to win the bout.

“I’m not going to say anything about that.

“He’s a tough lad, we’ll see what happens.

“I just focus on what I’m going to do, box like I can and do the job.”

With two previous experiences of fighting at the arena, Massey knows what to expect when he walks out to the ring.

But being involved on the undercard of Anthony Crolla’s WBA WBA lightweight world title fight will be a special experience.

“It’s great to fight there, and I’ve sold a few tickets so should have a good crowd out.

“To be on a world title bill will make it even better, with lots of people watching.”

Massey is sponsored by Natual Stone Surfaces, Smiths of Marple and HGV Direct.