Anthony Cacace looks to jump his career to title level by beating Lithuanian Aivaras Balsys on the Queensberry Boxing promoted bill at the iconic York Hall in London this Friday night, September 7, aired live on BoxNation TV.
Cacace, 3-0 (KO 2), who is signed with promoters Emerald Promotions, is unbeaten in three and already ranked in the Top 10 of the BoxRec British super featherweight rankings despite only having turned pro in February this year.
You might ask how fighting a Eastern Block boxer without a win on record can possibly be considered progression for the Belfast prospect who stopped the tough Londoner Mickey Coveney in his last outing.
Fair question! Answered by the fact that the contest is scheduled for eight rounds on the undercard of fellow Irish fighter Ian Tims’ double title challenge against unbeaten Essex boxer Tony Conquest for the WBO European and WBO International Cruiserweight titles on the Francis Warren inspired BoxAcademy concept designed to showcase the best young talent across the Warren stable.
The significance of slotting an 8 round fight on your roster is that Cacace will now be eligible to compete for shot at the Irish title, something his team hope Cacace will possess before the year is out.
“We believe that Anthony is at that level where he should be prepared to jump into title level if the right opportunity arose. You don’t know what is round the corner and by having his 8 rounder in place at this early stage of his career it’s an insurance policy to cover his eligibility for belts,” outlined coach Sean McCullagh.
“Anthony is still a novice pro really, but one of the most exciting novices on the British and Irish scene, however we are not going to be pushing him too fast or beyond his capabilities.
“He doesn’t underestimate his opposition even though the lad won’t be as hard a task as some of the lads he has already faced. That’s one of the best attributes with him, he treats every opponent with respect no matter what their record. He goes in there to get the job done and gets it done,” said McCullagh who is the driving force, along with father Paul, behind the growing Gleann gym in west Belfast.
“All he had was only had one week off after the Coveney fight and he was straight back in the gym. That’s a sign of his maturity now. He has come on some much, both mentally and physically. The Coveney fight was massive test for the kid and he came through with flying colours.
“After that display we really want to keep him active and if he comes through this fight in London how we expect him to then he will be in line for an Irish title fight before the year is out,” added McCullagh.
Also on the undercard are a host of unbeaten fighters including Joey Taylor, Tom Baker, Charlie Hoy and Darryll Williams as well as Lewis Pettitt vs Ian Bailey for the vacant Southern Area featherweight title.