In relation to having sparred a few of the greatest fighters within the cruiserweight division Jack Massey has been there and accomplished that.
The 28-year-old from Chapel-en-le-Frith has travelled to Spain to spar one-time world title challenger Youri Kalenga, had the headgear on to deal with former WBO title holder Krzysztof Glowacki and in Latvia was a sparring accomplice for the present IBF, Ring journal champion and divisional primary Mairis Briedis. And, on every event, he has held his personal. A confidence booster on your profession if ever you want one.
Now, the previous British title challenger (17-1, 8 KOs) has journeyed to Poland to do some rounds with WBC No.3 contender Michal Cieslak.
“It’s world-class sparring,” Massey informed Boxing Social whereas in Cieslak’s homeland. “It’s been nice. Wonderful. He’s a world-class operator. It’s good to see how they prepare as nicely. It’s been good, powerful sparring to this point.
“So, we’ve been a couple of bit now. It’s good to know the cellphone’s ringing for these form of spars.”
All in all, a quartet of constructive experiences for Massey who’s hoping to return to the ring close to the tip of Might in a giant title struggle. However and there may be all the time a however, what about any sparring tales that weren’t so pleasing or within the case of the subsequent one, a specific reminiscence that has a bloody ending. Massey takes us to Los Angeles and to a time when he was sparring UFC legend Quinton ‘Rampage’ Jackson. It begins as essentially the most memorable sparring expertise of Massey’s profession.
“It was good,” the story begins. “I had by no means been to L.A earlier than. We stayed in his home. He’s an enormous celebrity and we have been getting about his home and chilling with him. He’s a humorous man. We had some laughs over there. It was nice.”
“The worst [experience] was once I was sparring in L.A with Rampage Jackson, too. We had a little bit of an accident. I used to be over there with Brian Rose. We have been messing round subsequent to the swimming pool, he chucked a glass of water over me, I jumped up, had a bit of wrestle and I feel the canine [Jackson’s] thought I used to be having a little bit of a tussle. The canine jumped up and I assumed it headbutted my nostril. I had a nosebleed; I may put my finger proper by way of my nostril and it had really almost bit my nostril off! There was no extra sparring. I needed to come dwelling a bit earlier.”
Fortunately, he can chuckle about it now.
The animal in query was an Andronicus Bull Mastiff. A guard canine of the previous UFC light-heavyweight champion, which protected the home and patrolled the backyard. Analysis exhibits these sizeable beasts are available between 110 and 133 kilos. Ouch.
Sparring is one factor, however struggle evening is when you need to ship. Thus far Massey has solely suffered one defeat in his close to eight-year profession. December 2019 and Massey could be unsuccessful when going up in opposition to Richard Riakporhe for the vacant British title, shedding on factors. The belt stays a first-rate goal for Massey who’s eager to get to world degree someday by doing it the old school manner.
“Clearly, take it step-by-step. We’d take a look at home first for the British after which do it the old school manner. Lots of people are leaping straight up, however [I’d like to] go home then take a look at Commonwealth, European after which take a look at world degree. Simply take it step-by-step.”
Loads of steps have been taken throughout his time in Poland. Time spent within the Polish mountains and strolling in regards to the metropolis have handed the time for a visit that’s Massey’s first time abroad since earlier than the pandemic.
And on the subsequent set of British Boxing Board of Management championship circulars he will probably be hoping that he has been nominated to struggle for the vacant cruiserweight title. A win would symbolize the largest step to this point in Massey’s profession.
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