Dom McGuinness and Anthony Crolla returned for the latest episode of the Betfred Boxing Show for an ‘action-packed’ edition of the podcast.
Reviewing the night from the Fightzone Arena in Sheffield, as Crolla lauded Jack Massey’s performance in defeating Frenchman Engin Karakaplan to bag his 18th win in 19 fights.
In the main event we weren’t sure what to expect but fair play, he really came to bring it,” he explained. “He put Jack under a bit of pressure and asked a few questions, which we picked up in commentary. That next round, Jack found the finishing shot; ‘one smack Jack’ was just that and landed a great right hand.
“Exciting times ahead for Jack Massey. I think the whole team are excited about where that journey is going.”
Elsewhere, Crolla identified some of the upcoming talent on show in Sheffield for the culmination of the tournament and a ‘card full of prospects’.
He added: “There were some great performances on the undercard – Rhys Edwards who I rate very highly. Zack Miller was very good and Iain Martell was very impressive again. He was talking about possibly dropping down to light heavyweight and Dave Allen said there was absolutely no chance that was happening, but he was impressive.
“Mr Harker after his debut and a very ambitious debut, turned around and boxed very well to get off to winning ways.”
When Hannah Baggaley’s debut was in doubt, Crolla also praised Hannah Rankin for stepping up instead.
“Fair play to Hannah Rankin. What a girl for stepping in at the last minute. She played her part. Hannah Baggaley did well and she came out positive and on the front foot but not being reckless and having that respect for Hannah Rankin. It was as near as you can get to a professional fight.
“To see Hannah Rankin coming out and helping like that, she was much more experienced and didn’t have to do it but it’s very beneficial for the young fighter’s career.
“Hannah Baggaley didn’t get the debut she wanted but she got the next best thing.”