Kevin Maree is preparing to let cruiserweight puncher Jack Massey off the leash – provided he wins this weekend.
Massey is matched with hard man Kent Kauppinen on Maree’s show in Blackburn on Saturday – and after that, he plans to push the 25 year old from Derbyshire towards the British title.
There was talk of Lawrence Okolie fighting Denis Lebedev for the vacant WBA title after he stopped Wadi Camacho on Saturday night, but whatever the Londoner does next, Maree reckons Massey is ready to step up.
Maree said: “Lawrence did what he had to do against Wadi and fair play to him, but I’ve got a 15-0 lad who’s gone a bit under the radar and deserves his chance.
“It really should have been Jack getting that shot rather than Wadi and once we’ve got Saturday out of the way, I will look to put Jack forward to the Board.
“We might get an eliminator or even a straight shot at the title. If Lawrence fights for the world title and gives up the British, maybe they could make Jack against Isaac Chamberlain for the vacant British title.
“That’s a fight that would interest us.
“It’s time to unleash Jack. People in the trade know him, but we want to get his name out there. He’s got the boxing ability of a former ABA champion, he can punch and he’s a cracking lad. He just needs the chance to show people what he’s all about.”
Massey thought he was going to get his chance in Manchester in December.
He was a floater on the Josh Warrington-Carl Frampton undercard and Maree said: “We looked certain to fight in front of a 20,000 crowd live on BT Sport.
“But because there were no stoppages, Jack didn’t get on until after the main event and only a few hundred of his fans were watching.
“It was tough on Jack. He had his hands wrapped at 4.30pm, saw his stablemate (Mark Heffron) beaten and was then told: ‘You might be fighting, you might not.’
“Jack dealt with it all – and went out and got the knock out.”
Massey faces a real tough nut on Saturday night on a show that also features the professional debut of former Development amateur champion Josh Holmes.
Kauppinen is a hard former cage fighter who’s given James Branch and Chez Nihell trouble and Maree said: “We know Kent is coming to take Jack’s scalp.”