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Man Who Brutally Attacked Nick Casal Pleads Guilty

by David P. Greisman

The man accused in a brutal incident that left welterweight Nick Casal hospitalized with hundreds of stitches and numerous staples will be going to prison.

Michael P. Vicki, 31, pleaded guilty earlier this week to one count of attempted first-degree assault, according to The Buffalo (N.Y.) News.

Last year, Vicki had pleaded not guilty to one count of first-degree assault. This lesser charge could still land him a maximum of five years in prison, according to the article. A sentencing hearing has been scheduled for April 5.

In written testimony provided to the court last year, Vicki “said the two men engaged in an altercation about 5:30 a.m. on May 12 after Casal paid a visit to his Portland Street home,” the Niagara Gazette reported at the time.

“Vicki contended that it was Casal who was the aggressor and he had no choice but to defend himself. According to his testimony, Vicki called the police following the incident and voluntarily sought medical treatment at a local hospital for his own injuries,” the Gazette article said.

Casal’s father said that his son was attacked after going to meet his ex-girlfriend at the home of the woman’s ex-boyfriend, according to the Associated Press. Casal’s father said his son was attacked while walking away with her, struck numerous times with what some reports have speculated was a golf club, others a crowbar.

Prior to the attack, Casal was to have fought Ruslan Provodnikov this past June. Instead, his last appearance was a third-round technical knockout win on the non-televised undercard of the first fight between Bernard Hopkins and Chad Dawson. That victory brought his record to 22-4-1 with 17 knockouts and 1 no contest.

Casal, 27, said late last year that he is back in training and plans to return to the ring. No fight is listed for him yet on BoxRec.com.

David P. Greisman is a member of the Boxing Writers Association of America. Follow David on Twitter @fightingwords2 or send questions/comments via email at [email protected]

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User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by TaurusJ27 on 01-10-2013

[QUOTE=VapeRippa;12902476]You mean the guy who jumped Casal will know how it feels in prison?[/QUOTE] My mistake. I put the wrong name down.

Comment by Slick_Rick on 01-09-2013

Surely if you plan to hit someone over the skull in a unprovoked attack with a golf club constitutes as attempted murder? Also anyone with knowledge in this area, why is it called "attempted" first-degree assault. The attempt looks pretty…

Comment by .:: JSFD26 ::. on 01-09-2013

I agree with 5 years not being enough. Btw how's Casal doing? Did he suffer any type of brain injury or anything from this? I don't recall reading anything about it. [SIZE="1"][I]Posted from Boxingscene.com App for Android[/I][/SIZE]

Comment by New England on 01-09-2013

[QUOTE=Kenny MF Powers;12902662][IMG]http://bossip.files.wordpress.com/2012/05/nick-casal-beaten.jpg?w=361[/IMG] [url]http://www.*********.com/Boxing/nick-casal-brutally-attacked-fight-cancelled-115277[/url] URL is fi**tnews[/QUOTE] i remember those pictures, but time has certainly made me forget just how bad they were. he looks like he was hit by a boat propeller. is that his skull we are seeing?…

Comment by Weebler I on 01-09-2013

Over a female by all accounts.

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