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The inspirational story of one Manchester boxer’s dramatic rise in the sport

Come on Jack!

Jamie Roberts



Manchester fighter Jack Massey’s boyhood dreams of bringing a Lonsdale Belt home could finally come true this week. The 26-year-old will face Richard Riakporhe in a scheduled 12-round fight at York Hall, Bethnal Green today, Thursday December 19th, with the whole thing screened live on Sky Sports.

Massey has had a steady rise to the top since he first picked up the sport at age 12, when his father took him to his old boxing club in Buxton, Derbyshire. By the following year, he has won his first title and before long, he had three junior ABA Champion titles to his name. 

Early 2013, at the age of 19 Jack then won the senior ABA championship beating Chris Billam on points. Later that year Massey decided to turn Pro and quickly built a reputation as an unbeatable opponent with 16 wins in 16 fights including 8 knockouts.

To date, Massey has had 53 Amateur fights, has boxed for England, winning Gold at the Tri-nations and Bronze at the Youth Commonwealth Games.

Now, he has his sights firmly set on the British Cruiser-weight Title with big rewards on the line including a fight with new European champion Lawrence Okolie. Massey has set a goal to win the title tonight and defend it at The Dome next year, where he has fought and won four times in his professional career in front of a sell-out crowd.

While the road leading to today’s bout hasn’t been without struggles – Massey was ruled out of the British-title challenge in July due to injury – he has since come back stronger than ever with the help of his team and coach Robert Rimmer Jnr / Phoenix Camp, Manchester 

There’s no doubt that Londoner, Riakporhe, who has won all 10 of his fights, is a tough opponent, but Massey believes he is in top form and well prepared to face him.

“I’m just thinking about getting in there and showing people what I’m all about. I have waited a long, long time for this. I’ve had my ups and downs, but I’m here now, ready to fight for the British title,” he says.

Come on Jack!

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Man Utd players to donate 30% of their wages to support local NHS

Well done lads!

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Manchester United players are set to donate 30% of their wages to the NHS, according to reports this afternoon.

They will become the first Premier League stars to take a pay cut in order to help fund our health service during this difficult time.

Some of the players are reportedly earning up to £375,000 per week, and have agreed to donate 30% of their wages this month, meaning the NHS will see millions of pounds injected into it.

The Old Trafford stars reportedly agreed to do it on the basis the money is used to directly benefit hospitals and health centres throughout Manchester.

According to Mail Online, chairman Ed Woodward approached Harry Maguire with the idea, who then took it to the rest of the senior squad – who are reported to have overwhelmingly agreed to the plan.

This comes as Health Secretary Matt Hancock urged Premier League footballers to take a pay cut to help support staff members who have been furloughed.

What a great gesture from Man Utd – it’s only a small amount of money to them, but it’ll make a huge amount of difference.

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Man City and Man United have come together to donate £100k to food banks

What a brilliant gesture!

Jamie Roberts



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Manchester’s two biggest football teams have put aside their rivalry and come together to raise money for those who need it.

Football is currently postponed due to the coronavirus pandemic, and City and United have been using the time to do some good in the community.

The two clubs are donating £100,000 to food banks in Manchester – which are under additional pressure due to the COVID-19 outbreak – to help vulnerable people in these incredibly difficult times.

Manchester City and Manchester United said in a joint statement: “We are proud of the role our supporters play in helping local food banks and recognise the increased strain likely to be placed on these charities by the impact of coronavirus.

“At a time of challenge for our community, we are pleased to come together with our fans to help vulnerable members of society in a City United.”

Each club is donating £50,000 to the Trussell Trust, which supports a network of over 1,200 food banks in the UK, with 19 around Greater Manchester.

Rachel Macklin, the Trussell Trust’s senior operations manager, said: “As the coronavirus pandemic develops, more people than ever may need help from food banks across our network.

“This situation presents a huge additional pressure on already overstretched resources. We may start to see a reduction in food donations and volunteers may become unavailable if they are in the at-risk categories or are self-isolating.”

If you’d like to get involved, both Man City and Man United fan groups are still fundraising donations for food banks – or you can head to the Trussell Trust directly here.

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This ultimate Man City Overnight Hospitality Package includes unlimited food and booze

This looks mint…

Jamie Roberts



Brasserie Abode have introduced the ultimate match day experience for Man City fans.

The offer includes a stay in one of their luxurious rooms on the night before a City home game, followed by a Full English or Continental breakfast and – best of all – two VIP tickets to the match with hospitality at The Tunnel Club.

You’ll get panoramic views of the pitch from inside The Tunnel Club, and greet the team as they make their way through the suite to the changing room.

Before the match begins you’ll see live interviews from special guests from the world of football, music and TV, all while enjoying some top notch cuisine – including unlimited pre-match grazing and sharing platters and complimentary selected beer, wine and soft drinks.

Some of the scran on offer includes British meats and cheese, ox cheek bourguignon, pumpkin gnocchi, slow cooked corn-fed chicken, chargrilled flat iron steak, salt cod croquettes and Vietnamese spiced king prawns.

There’s plenty more on offer at half time and even a range of desserts at full-time.

When the match kicks off, you’ll watch it from VIP padded seats behind the dugout, and a complimentary match day programme is also yours to take home.

Here’s what you’ll get:

-VIP padded seats behind the dugout
-Unlimited pre-match grazing and sharing platters
-Unlimited complimentary selected beer, wine and soft drinks
-Half-time consommés
-Full-time desserts
-Pre-match entertainment which could include interviews from players and special guests
-Welcome the players as they enter the suite on the way to their changing rooms
-Complimentary match day programme

The Overnight Hospitality Package is available for every Man City home game in 2020. For a full list of matches and to book, get yourself over to the website here.

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