MASSEY BIDDING FOR CRUISE CONTROL – EYES OKOLIE CLASH

MASSEY BIDDING FOR CRUISE CONTROL – EYES OKOLIE CLASH
JACK MASSEY BELIEVES that a couple of recent high profile fights in his weight division have potentially given the cruiserweights a bad name.

The 14-0 Massey, who goes by the name of ‘One Smack’, is keen to propel himself into the thick of things and returns to action on the mammoth Manchester Arena card on December 22 as one of the support acts to Josh Warrington defending his IBF world featherweight title against two-weight world champion Carl Frampton.

Fights that have been given the big build up, such as Lawrence Okolie-Isaac Chamberlain and Matty Askin-Okolie, have failed to live up to their billing and Massey fears the boxing public could be turned off from the 200 pounders.

“Yeah, a little bit, I definitely think so myself,” considered the 25-year-old. “You don’t want people to watch fights like that and think it is what boxing is about. Matty Askin is a talent, so is Chamberlain, but Okolie is just awkward and holds a lot.

“He made them look mediocre as well as himself,” added Jack, who says the hype around these fights was not justified in the ring.

“No, not really, but there is a lot of talent in the cruiserweight division at the moment with a lot of good up and coming young fighters.

“If you saw the Okolie-Askin fight it was a bit of a stinker and you don’t want people to watch that and think that is what the cruiserweights are about. You want people to be interested in the cruiserweight division and see some good fights.”

Massey views himself as the man to restore the sparkle to the division and would willingly put himself forward to challenge Okolie. However, he suspects he is not viewed as an ideal candidate for a voluntary defence of a title and he will have to force the issue by earning mandatory status.

“I definitely think it is time to step up and obviously fight for some titles – we need a big title fight now. I feel like I am ready for that.

“My last fight – against Ian Tims – was a bit of a step up and, from what I am hearing from my management, a lot of people don’t want to fight me now and are ducking and diving a little bit.

“It seems like it will be harder to get a title shot unless I get into a mandatory position. So I just need to crack on and get some good fights, starting on December 22. I need to get cracking up the rankings then see what we can get.

“It is a great show to be on with some top fights on it and I think my tickets are going to fly out for it.

“We’d like the Okolie fight and he’s now got the target on his back, hasn’t he? Obviously styles make fights and it would be an awkward fight, but we have had a look at him and seen a few things.

“He has won the British and Commonwealth so he is the one you are going to target and we would like that fight. If not, we will go back to the drawing board and see what is best for us in getting up the rankings.

“It doesn’t sound like Okolie will take the fight so I can’t see it happening any time soon.”
 
IBF world featherweight champion Josh Warrington takes on former two-weight world champion Carl Frampton at the Manchester Arena on December 22nd live on BT Sport Box Office. JJ Metcalf will defend his WBC International super-welterweight title against Liam Williams in support of the main event, while Mark Heffron will challenge for the British middleweight title.

Belfast’s blue chip featherweight prospect Michael Conlan (9-0) also features on the bill along with world flyweight title challenger Paddy Barnes (5-1) and unbeaten Light Heavyweight contender Steven Ward (9-0). 

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SAM MAXWELL – “I AM READY NOW.”

SAM MAXWELL – “I AM READY NOW.”
SAM MAXWELL insists that he is ready to step up and face Britain’s best Super-Lightweights.Maxwell (9-0) aims to make it a perfect ten as a professional when he boxes on the undercard of Josh Warrington’s IBF World Featherweight title defence against Carl Frampton at Manchester Arena on December 22.

Despite his lack of professional experience Maxwell mixed with greats like Vasyl Lomachenko in the WSB lasting the five round distance in both contests against the brilliant Ukrainian.

So boxing the Best of British in the ten stone division holds no fears for the Liverpool boxer who trains in Glasgow under Danny Vaughan.

Maxwell said: “I see myself getting up there with boxers like Josh Taylor, Jack Catterall, Terry Flanagan and the rest of the division very soon.

“I’m ready now. I was 30 years-old last week and if I’m not ready now I will never be ready. I will fight anyone. The better the opponent, the better I will perform and prove how good I am.

“There are so many good British boxers at ten stone, but without doubt the toughest one to face would be Taylor.

“He is world class and definitely the top one. Flanagan is also at world level.

“People are writing him off, but I think he is very good and last weekend he just ran into a quality operator, Regis Prograis.

“There are a lot of good names, but there are different standards among them. Ohara Davies for example is decent, but didn’t look as good against Jack Catterall.

“Jack is one of those fighters who always finds a way to win. He looks special at times and then looks to just win which he does and did so comfortably against Ohara.

“I am looking to breakthrough onto that scene as early as possible next year.

“There has been some top domestic fight at Super-Lightweight recently like Jack v Ohara and Glenn Foot v Robbie Davies.

“I watched those fights and thought, ‘I’m not far off them’. It has got me and Danny excited.

“I have got the talent. All I am missing is the experience in the rounds, but I feel I am ready to step up. I am looking forward to the challenge and a big year next year.”

Maxwell is excited to be ending 2018 on a stunning BT Sport pay-per-view bill that also includes his close friend JJ Metcalf defending his WBC International Super Welterweight Title against Liam Williams.

He added: “I am going with Frampton, but I wrote Warrington off against Lee Selby, but he put on a masterclass. You can never write him off.

“The fight I’m really looking forward to on the bill is JJ against Liam.

“JJ is an old stablemate of mine and I really hope he can pull through. It is a massive fight and massive ask, but if anyone can do it he can.

“His character and willpower means it will take something special to beat him.”

IBF world featherweight champion Josh Warrington takes on former two-weight world champion Carl Frampton at the Manchester Arena on December 22nd live on BT Sport Box Office.

JJ Metcalf (18-0) will defend his WBC International super-welterweight title against Liam Williams (18-2-1) in support of the main event, while Mark Heffron (21-0) will challenge for the British middleweight title.Belfast’s blue chip featherweight prospect Michael Conlan (9-0) also features on the bill along with world flyweight title challenger Paddy Barnes (5-1) and unbeaten Light Heavyweight contender Steven Ward (9-0). Merseyside will be represented as Liverpool Welterweight prospect Sam Maxwell (9-0) returns to action on the show along with Formby’s Heavyweight Alex Dickinson (6-0). Derbyshire’s highly touted Cruiserweight Jack ‘One Smack’ Massey (14-0) will also feature.

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ADAMS OUT TO KO MILLAN AND WOW NEW FANS


 
NICOLA ADAMS believes a fourth straight knockout win is the best way to keep her fan base growing.
 
Adams (4-0) faces her first major professional test when she meets Mexican Isabel Millan (22-4-1) for the vacant interim WBO female Flyweight crown at Leicester’s Morningside Arena on Saturday October 6.
 
He last three opponents Maryan Salazar, Soledad Macedo and Soledad del Valle Frias have all been stopped inside three rounds.
 
Now, the double Olympic gold medallist whose popularity is soaring expects experienced Millan to go the same way.
 
Adams, 35, said: “I am happy to get a reputation as a puncher and I want that to continue. That is what people want to see.
 
“They want to see entertaining fights. They want to see knockouts and that is what I want to continue to deliver.
 
“I just hope Isabel comes ready to fight because I want to put on a show for the crowd and then it’s onto the next one.
 
“My coaches have had a good look at her. We have the tactics in place and I am not worried at all.”
 
If she comes through against Millan, promoter Frank Warren is confident of luring full WBO champion Arely Mucino to Britain to defend against Adams.
 
But Adams won’t be content with her fight career until she has dominated all the flyweight division champions besides Mucina – Leonela Paola Yudica (IBF), Naoko Fujioka (WBA) and Ibeth Zamora Silva (WBC).
 
“I want to unify the flyweight division and I may do a little bit more in boxing after, but that is my goal right now,” she added.
 
“There are so many more girls and women getting involved in boxing now at amateur level and I’m sure that will filter through to the pros.
 
“It will be nice to sit back when I have retired and watch all the British girls winning tournaments, Olympic medals and going on to be world champions as professionals.”
 
The Time Is Now’ is headlined by Jack Catterall v Ohara Davies. Leicester’s own, Lyon Woodstock defends his WBO European Super-Featherweight title against Archie Sharp. Heavyweight prospect Daniel Dubois takes on former world title challenger Kevin Johnson. Olympian and double gold medallist Nicola Adams will be fighting Isabel Millan for the Interim WBO World Female Flyweight Title and Leicester’s British Super-Featherweight champion Sam Bowen also feature on a major night of boxing televised live on BT Sport.
 
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KEVIN JOHNSON HAS ‘RENEWED HUNGER’ AFTER THE LOSS OF HIS FATHER


 
Kevin Johnson has new motivation going into his upcoming heavyweight clash with Daniel Dubois.
 
The boxing veteran shared the news that his father had died just a couple of weeks ago, but vows to continue his preparations for the fight and will use his family bereavement as fuel and cause the upset by defeating his largely fancied opponent.
 
“It’s given me so much renewed hunger to win this.” He says, alongside his new training strategies which Johnson has included in his day-to-day training regime. The American believes we will see ‘a new Kevin Johnson’ on October 6th.
 
The former world title challenger has shared the ring with some of the recent best in the heavyweight division including Tyson Fury, Anthony Joshua, Kubrat Pulev and of course a world title tilt at then WBC Champion Vitali Klitschko in 2009.
 
Now 21 years old, Dubois is quickly becoming the biggest prospect on the heavyweight scene. The young London fighter has knocked out all eight of his opponents to date.
 
“He’s made a good start” admitted Johnson.
 
He continued: “But it’s a big transition to make, especially for a heavyweight. There is always a danger that they haven’t seen what an experienced, veteran fighter can bring to them. Let’s see what happens when he steps into that ring against me.
 
“He’s going to feel the pressure and how does he react to that? You only know whether you can cope with going up levels once you’re in them. It’s a hard business, and many young prospects have faltered because they find they can’t make the next step. He doesn’t know he will make it, he can’t know!”

 
The Time Is Now’ is headlined by Jack Catterall v Ohara Davies. Leicester’s own, Lyon Woodstock defends his WBO European Super-Featherweight title against Archie Sharp. Heavyweight prospect Daniel Dubois takes on former world title challenger Kevin Johnson. Olympian and double gold medallist Nicola Adams will be fighting Isabel Millan for the Interim WBO World Female Flyweight Title and Leicester’s British Super-Featherweight champion Sam Bowen also feature on a major night of boxing televised live on BT Sport.
 
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HEFFRON READY FOR “ONE-DIMENSIONAL” WELBORN


 
MARK HEFFRON insists he is already prepared to rip the British Middleweight title from Jason Welborn.
 
Heffron’s promoter Frank Warren won the purse bids to stage Welborn’s (24-6) second title defence and the fight will take place before the end of this year.
 
Heffron (20-0) will have a warm-up at Leicester’s Morningside Arena on Saturday October 6 before the biggest test of his career.
 
The Oldham puncher who has KO’d 16 of his victims said: “Welborn is pretty one-dimensional, comes forward, looks solid and it is a fight I cannot wait to happen.
 
“I am definitely the bigger, stronger fighter and if he wants to come and meet me in the centre of the ring he’ll realise I’m strong.”
 
“I have been a long time waiting for this chance so I am absolutely buzzing. I couldn’t be more ready.
 
“I have spent time boxing on small shows and now this fight will put me on Frank’s big TV shows. I am hoping it is going to be on the Josh Warrington-Carl Frampton card in December
 
“Fighting on small hall shows and being down the bill on bigger shows has been a great experience and done me good.”
 
Heffron, 26, has been a professional for eight years and is targeting world ranked Martin Murray if he gets past Welborn.
 
He added: “It is one step at a time and all about getting the right fights, but next year if all goes well against Welborn I’m looking at facing men like Martin Murray.
 
“I want to win the British title, make a defence and then move on to men like Martin.”
 
Heffron admits that he has often been accused of jumping trainers during his career, but insists he’s settled under Robert Rimmer.
 
He explained: “My manager Kevin Maree helped me out for the last couple of fights and now I am with Robert.
 
“I get plenty one-to-one time with him and he is always varying training away from the gym with different runs and swimming. There is something different every day.
 
“It looks like I have jumped from gym to gym, but I have been using different gyms when I haven’t had a fight date.
 
“I haven’t actually had lots of trainers like people think because I have been using different gyms when I haven’t had a fight.”
 
Birmingham’s Welborn, 32, took the British title from Tommy Langford on a split decision in May. he repeated that win with another split decision in their rematch earlier this month.
The Time Is Now’ is headlined by Jack Catterall v Ohara Davies. Leicester’s own, Lyon Woodstock defends his WBO European Super-Featherweight title against Archie Sharp. Heavyweight prospect Daniel Dubois takes on former world title challenger Kevin Johnson. Olympian and double gold medallist Nicola Adams will be fighting Isabel Millan for the Interim WBO World Female Flyweight Title and Leicester’s British Super-Featherweight champion Sam Bowen also feature on a major night of boxing televised live on BT Sport.
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HE’S BACK WEIGHTS AND RUNNING ORDER

Boxing – Tyson Fury & Sefer Seferi Weigh-In – Great Northern Amphitheatre, Manchester, Britain – June 8, 2018 Tyson Fury and Sefer Seferi during the weigh in with promoter Frank Warren (C) Action Images via Reuters/Craig Brough

DOORS 15.45 HRS

Fight # 1 – 16:00 HRS
4 X 3 Minute Rounds International Light-Heavyweight Contest
ZAC BURTON 12st 7lbs V DOMINIK LANDGRAF 12st 9lbs 12oz

Fight # 2
6 X 3 Minute Rounds Heavyweight Contest
ALEX DICKINSON V DAVE HOWE (weigh-in on the day)

Fight # 3
6 X 3 Minute Rounds International Light-Heavyweight Contest
LYNDON ARTHUR 12st 8lbs 4oz V CHARLES ADAMU 12st 5lbs 1oz

Fight # 4
6 X 3 Minute Rounds International Cruiserweight Contest
JORDAN THOMPSON 14st 4lbs V DMITRI KALINOVSKI 13st 12lbs 8oz

Fight # 5
6 X 3 Minute Rounds Super-Welterweight Contest
JACK McGANN 11st 5lbs 3oz V DWAIN GRANT 11st 6lbs

Fight # 6
8 X 3 Minute Rounds International Super-Featherweight Contest
ZELFA BARRETT 9st 6lbs 4oz V EDWIN TELLEZ 9st 5lbs 8oz

BT SPORT BROADCAST GOES LIVE AT 19:00 HRS

Fight # 7 – 19:05 HRS
10 X 3 Minute Rounds Heavyweight Contest
NATHAN GORMAN 17st 11lbs 4oz V SEAN TURNER 18st 9lbs

Fight # 8
THE VACANT WBC INTERNATIONAL SUPER-WELTERWEIGHT CHAMPIONSHIP
12 X 3 Minute Rounds
J.J METCALF 11st V AITOR NIETO 10st 13lbs 4oz

Fight # 9
THE VACANT WBC INTERNATIONAL SILVER MIDDLEWEIGHT CHAMPIONSHIP
12 X 3 Minute Rounds
MARK HEFFRON 11st 5lbs 2oz V ANDREW ROBINSON 11st 5lbs 8oz

Fight # 10
“Frank Warren, for Queensberry Promotions, sponsored by 32Red and FootAsylum and in association with RocNation Sports”
THE VACANT WBO WORLD SUPER-LIGHTWEIGHT CHAMPIONSHIP
12 X 3 Minute Rounds
TERRY FLANAGAN 9st 13lbs 5oz V MAURICE HOOKER 9st 13lbs 4oz

Fight # 11
“Frank Warren, for Queensberry Promotions, sponsored by 32Red and FootAsylum and in association with EC Boxpromotion”
10 X 3 Minute Rounds International Heavyweight Contest
TYSON FURY 19st 10lbs 7oz V SEFER SEFERI 15st 2oz

Fight # 12
6 X 3 Minute Rounds Super-Lightweight Contest
SAM MAXWELL 10st 1lb V KANE BAKER 10st

Fight # 13 – Follow On
8 X 3 Minute Rounds Middleweight Contest
JACK FLATLEY 11st 8lbs 4oz V TROY WILLIAMSON 11st 6lbs 8oz

Fight # 14 – Follow On
8 X 3 Minute Rounds Cruiserweight Contest
JACK MASSEY 14st 4lbs V IAN TIMS 14st 3lbs 10oz

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