Massive chance for Jack Massey on Friday, says big fight promoter

Fight Academy promoter Dennis Hobson stressed that Friday night represents a fantastic opportunity for Chapel ace Jack 'One Smack' Massey to stake his claim on the world scene - but he will need to be at his very best to come out on top.

Wednesday, 24th November 2021, 11:10 am
Updated Wednesday, 24th November 2021, 11:10 am
Jack Massey can burst onto world scene.

Massey takes on Belgium's Bilal Laggoune for the International Boxing Organisation World Cruiserweight title in Bolton and Hobson said: “When you look at the names who’ve won this title, some of them have created absolute legacies in the sport.

“So, to be on the same page as them is a fantastic achievement; nice company to be in.

“Jack left Queensberry Promotions a bit disillusioned with the game and within two weeks of coming with us he won the IBF European Title and is now in for a world title straight away.

"Things like this just don’t happen, there’s been a lot of hard work behind the scenes. We’re good at getting our fighters opportunities. If it was easy, everybody would be doing it.”

He added: “This is a platform for both Jack and Laggoune to move into some mega fights. He looks the part does Jack, and he’s exciting to watch. It’s a tough fight but so it should be, it’s a world title fight.

“You don’t just get given these belts, you have to earn them. He’s in with a kid who’s beatable but if he’s not up to it then he’ll get found out.

“We believe in Jack, he’s not in with Floyd Mayweather but has got a very credible opponent who will be as determined as Jack to become a world champ. You don’t win an opportunity like this without having to dig deep, but we believe Jack has it in him to do that.”