Jack Massey steps as much as headline standing after Mahmood vs Ramabeletsa is postponed, writes Matt Bozeat
CRUISERWEIGHT Jack Massey tops the invoice on Dennis Hobson’s Fightzone present on Friday night time (July 2) after Michael Ramabeletsa was dominated out of preventing Ramez Mahmood for the vacant English super-bantamweight championship.
The 28-year-old from Chapel-en-le-Frith, Derbyshire, meets former French champion Engin Karakaplan over 10 rounds within the automobile park at Sheffield Enviornment. The match was solely confirmed on Monday night time (June 28).
Born in Turkey, Karakaplan is a 34-year-old who comes with a 14-7-3 report. 4 of his losses got here in his first six fights and he heads to Sheffield in respectable kind. Karakaplan had a break of almost 4 years after shedding his French title to acquainted foe David Radeff (5-10-2) in December 2015 and has returned to attract with home opponents in Aboulaye Diane (12-1) and Taylor Mabika (19-5-1). 2004 Olympian Mabika was in his forties when he fought Karakaplan over eight rounds in February final yr, however had sufficient left to go the total 10 with Mateusz Masternak (41-5) in his subsequent combat.
Massey, outpointed by Richard Riakporhe (10-0) for the vacant British title in December 2019, was final seen in November, outpointing Mohammad Ali Bayat Farid (16-1-1), who had gained his earlier eight fights inside two rounds. Massey obtained behind his jab to outbox Farid over eight, successful 79-74. That proved to be Massey’s final combat with Queensberry Promotions. His contract expired and supervisor Kevin Maree steered him to Hobson’s Battle Academy. Maree hopes the swap will assist Massey get his profession transferring. He turned professional in 2013 and has fought solely 18 occasions.
Massey (17-1) made the swap to the professionals after a superb beginner profession with Buxton ABC. He had a 44-9 report, successful a clutch of Junior titles and Commonwealth Youth Video games bronze. He turned over after successful the ABA cruiserweight title with victory over Chris Billam-Smith, who meets Tommy McCarthy for the British, Commonwealth and European belts on July 31.
Maree says Billam-Smith “has by no means proven any curiosity in boxing Jack [in the pros] as a result of Jack is simply too harmful. We have to get a belt to get fights. The winner [of Billam-Smith vs McCarthy] will get a compulsory and we don’t need to be hanging round. We will probably be taking our personal route.”
Massey, a strong boxer with a stiff punch who calls himself “One Smack”, describes his profession as “up and down”. The goal from his beginner days was the British title and when Massey obtained his shot on the Lonsdale Belt, he endured a irritating night time in opposition to Riakporhe. Down within the tenth, he was outpointed unanimously by scores of 115-113 (twice) and 117-111.
Maree was fuming. He felt referee Phil Edwards ought to have taken some extent off Riakporhe for holding after giving him a number of warnings, whereas he reckoned decide Bob Williams scored so extensively for the champion as a result of his view was obscured by photographers. Maree demanded that the Board reinstate Massey as necessary challenger, however as a substitute he slipped down the pecking order.
Massey has principally been preventing beneath the radar in his skilled profession. He has stuffed the Devonshire Dome in Buxton a couple of occasions, however when Massey has boxed on the larger televised exhibits, he normally hasn’t been screened.
Karakaplan has additionally been round some time. He has been a professional since 2008, shedding his debut inside a spherical to Zakaria Azzouzi, who was 2-0 on the time and ended up 14-4-2. Karakaplan has subsequently been crushed inside a spherical by future WBA and IBF titlist Murat Gassiev (18-0) and Yves Ngabu (14-0), who went on to win European honours.
Karakaplan has six early wins himself. He appears to be like sport, however restricted, and Massey can cease him across the center rounds.
Over eight rounds on the undercard, Iain Martell, the Southern Space cruiserweight champion from Norfolk who made brief work of veteran Elvis Dube (10-84-2) with physique photographs on the primary Fightzone broadcast in Could, appears to be like certain to enhance to 11-0 on the expense of Belgium’s Erik Nazaryan (28-23-4).
The Verdict Karakaplan removed from a perfect opponent however, at brief discover, the present should go on.