Jack Massey celebrated Christmas by going from a fight in a Sheffield car park to a “life-changing” fight against former world heavyweight champion Joseph Parker.
What a journey Jack Massey has had so far in his boxing career and he is now on the verge of something big.
Massey (20-1, 11 KOs) will face former WBO heavyweight champion Joseph Parker (30-3, 21 KOs) on the Jan. 21 Chris Eubank vs. Liam Smith Jr. undercard.
“We were offered this fight about three weeks ago, so we have six weeks’ notice of this fight,” Massey told talkSPORT.
“I worked with my brother a bit before Christmas because this year has been difficult for my career.
“My last trip was in April and then we had some problems with the promotion, I won’t dwell too much on that, but it’s over.
“So, yeah, the freezing week I had, I got a call when I was in construction and it was about -6 degrees.
“My manager called me to tell me we had a fight offer and the first words out of my mouth were ‘yeah, let’s go’.”
This fight is very special because Massey spent his entire career at heavyweight, his biggest achievement was the IBO world title and he lost to Richard Riakpore in a British title fight.
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When Parker fought Anthony Joshua in a world heavyweight title unification fight in 2018, Massey was still in a six-round fight.
Not so long ago in 2021, Massey was fighting in the parking lot of Sheffield Arena, but now he’s here.
“It’s a life-changing fight,” Massey admitted. “He’s a top ten heavyweight and if we go in there and get the job done, it’s life-changing.
“So people can’t say I’m just out for the money, because if I win this fight and stay at heavyweight, it’s another life-changing fight against one of the top ten heavyweights.”
Before this fight was offered, Massey didn’t even want to move up to heavyweight, but even though he knew it would be a big challenge, it was an opportunity he couldn’t turn down.
That said, Parker is coming off his first career knockout loss to Joe Joyce last time out, so he’s definitely undefeated.
“I’m not stupid,” Massey said. “It’s a tough fight, everyone knows that, but I wouldn’t go into it if I didn’t think I could win it.
“I know the fight is completely different, but I’ve been with other heavyweights, I’ve fought Joseph Parker himself, so I think I can win this fight and I’ll use my attributes to get around him. and achieve this victory.
“At first I thought there was no pressure, but as I progressed through the camp, I would say there is a lot of pressure because it is a life-changing fight.
“If I win, that sends me straight into the mix and it’s about making you financially stable.
“That’s one of the main reasons I’m in this game and if I beat Joseph Parker, the money after that fight could set me up for life, so there’s pressure there.”
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