Jack aims to step it up in pursuit of title shot

Jack Massey.
Jack Massey.

Jack Massey says it’s time he “stepped up” as his number of professional victories edges towards double figures.

The unbeaten cruiserweight from Chapel heads to the Midland Hotel in Manchester on Saturday night for his eighth outing in the paid ranks.

Massey says that he is eager to continue his winning streak and move closer to competing for a title.

Talk between Massey and his promoter has all been geared to a potential title shot at some point in the near future.

He told the Advertiser: “Now’s the time to step it up.

“Once you start getting towards double figures with all due respect, you need to be facing decent people.

“There’s been talk of possibly fighting for a youth WBC title but obviously I just need to keep winning if that’s going to happen.”

Massey says he is good shape heading into Saturday’s fight and that he is pleased with his build-up.

He added: “I’ve been working hard and been really working on my speed.

“I feel like I’ve got the strength now, it’s just about toning up my speed.

“I’ve put in the hard yards and now it’s just about sharpening up those technical skills.”

Massey’s last outing saw him overcome Pole Mateusz Gatek with a third round stoppage that also took place in Manchester.

All being well, the 22-year-old will return to the city in just over six weeks’ time when he is slated to appear on a world title undercard.

He is due to feature on Anthony Crolla’s bill at the city’s Phones4U Arena on July 18 in what would be his third appearance at the venue.

Crolla will return to the ring for the first time since he suffered a fractured skull and broken ankle when confronting burglars.

The 28-year-old will fight for the WBA world lightweight title against Colombian Darleys Perez.