Fury vs Seferi Undercard Update
‘TROJAN’ SOUNDS WAR CRY AHEAD OF FLATLEY REUNION
Unbeaten middleweight Troy Williamson (7-0-KO5) is in no doubt he will repeat his amateur victory over Jack Flatley on the undercard of Tyson Fury’s comeback on June 9.
Williamson outpointed Flatley in the 2015 ABA final and with the pair carrying perfect professional records into a hotly-anticipated reunion at the Manchester Arena, Williamson is confident of administering another dose of defeat.
‘Trojan’ said: “It was a fair decision when I first boxed him. He was all over social media saying he got robbed when that happened so I believe that he’s bitter over it.
“Then I heard he said in one of his interviews the other day he’s let it go but if he didn’t accept the decision then, why’s he accepting it now?
“It’s a big risk for both of us to face each other again so early in our pro careers. Not many fighters do this and take a really tough fight at this stage. They protect their records.
“The thing about me is, I want to be the best, and to do that I need to beat the best. I’m ready for whatever it takes to get there and Flatley’s in my way.
“I’m not overlooking him just because I beat him three years ago. He’s come on as a fighter and matured. So have I.
“May the best man win. I’m the best man and that means there’s only going to be one outcome – REPEAT.”
Williamson v Flatley is on the undercard of Fury v Sefer Seferi – live on BT Sport
JJ Metcalf has warned Jorge Fortea he has plenty of pent-up aggression
Metcalf recorded three consecutive stoppages in 2017 and has since been avoided with a string of pull-outs, delays and botched purse bids.
Now, the Liverpudlian is looking to put eight months of inactivity to one side and blast his way into the world title reckoning against Spain’s Fortea (16-1-1-KO5) at Manchester Arena on June 9.
Metcalf said: “There’s lots of frustration there because there have been a lot of setbacks but now I’m going to be let off the leash on a big card and I’m so grateful to MTK Global and Frank Warren for that.
“I can’t wait to get in there. I feel like I’ve been ready for a while. Being out for a few months, there might be some ring rust but I’m pretty confident you’ll get the best version of me yet.
“Once I’ve got this job done – which I plan to do in good fashion – I’ll keep on improving as I fight more regularly.
“I was watching Fortea on Box Nation the other day. He’s decent. He’s a good mover with fast hands but he carries them pretty low and sits on the ropes too much. That’ll be a dangerous place to be against me.”
Metcalf returns at the Manchester Arena on the Fury undercard – live on BT Sport – with ‘Big Sexy’ Sean Turner v Nathan Gorman and Troy Williamson v Jack Flatley other standout match-ups.
Jack Massey is ready to prove himself one of Britain’s leading prospects
Massey (13-0-KO6) takes on the experienced Ian Tims (13-5-KO4) in a significant step up in class at the Manchester Arena but is relishing the chance to move closer to a British title shot.
The 25-year-old Massey said: “I’d take the winner of Luke Watkins v Lawrence Okolie if one of them wanted it. I think I’m on the same level as those guys if not better. Those fights are down the line obviously – you go one fight at a time in this sport.
“I’m 25 now. I had 53 amateur fights and lost only 9. I won the vast majority of them well and won the junior ABAs and senior ABAs. I boxed for England but after I won the senior ABAs I knew it was time to turn professional.
“Looking at this year, I’ve got a job to do with Tims and then I’ll be looking for the British title. I’m definitely ready for these steps up and I’m looking forward to them.
“It’s going to be a great night. I’m looking forward it. It’s such a massive bill and Tyson Fury returning is so great for boxing.”
Massey’s clash with Tims is part of a stellar night of boxing as unbeaten heavyweight king Fury makes his long-awaited return against Sefer Seferi.
As well as the fast-rising Derbyshire cruiser and the headliner himself, MTK Global boasts the likes of Sean Turner, JJ Metcalf, Troy Williamson, Sam Maxwell and Alex Dickinson on the card.
‘Trojan’ books war of prospects on Tyson Fury comeback card
Troy ‘Trojan’ Williamson will fight Jack Flatley on Tyson Fury’s undercard in Manchester with both fighters bringing unbeaten records to the table.
Williamson (6-0-KO4) beat Flatley (11-0-4) in the Senior ABA final when the pair were amateurs and despite his opponent appearing confident of revenge, Williamson is adamant nothing will prevent him announcing himself on the big stage come June 9.
Williamson said: “I’m delighted. I’ve been on some big shows already but I’ve been on quite early. This time it’s an eight-rounder against another unbeaten fighter so it’s my chance to shine.
“I think Jack’s a good solid fighter but he’s quite basic. I wouldn’t say he’s a proper all-round fighter. I should beat him convincingly if I want to get where I’m going.
“I don’t really feel nerves. I get a few butterflies but it’s all good news. They’ll be bright lights and I’m looking forward to fighting in front of a big crowd on what’s going to be a special night of boxing.
“I want to get to the very top so it’s just a case of doing the graft in preparation, taking care of this kid in emphatic fashion and moving on to bigger and better things.”
Williamson has trained relentlessly since turning professional but, far from coveting a holiday or period of relaxation, he maintains an uncompromising attitude to his work.
Williamson added: “I’m boxing in two weeks in my hometown. After I boxed in Belfast, I had two days off and then I was straight back in the gym. It’ll be the same between these next two fights.
“I’m not really a party person. I don’t go on the drink and I don’t hang about with people who drink. I just simply live boxing and that’s it.
“I keep working and I keep getting better. The better the opposition, the better I’ll be so I hope Jack brings his A-game to Manchester on June 9.”
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