Anthony Cacace aiming high after debut win

Even though he has only contested one pro bout thus far, Belfast banger Anthony Cacace is in no doubt as to where his career his heading. The novice is looking for quickfire bouts to push him up the rankings and plot a course to nothing less than a word title.

“I’m not joking; I’m heading for a world title and whatever comes in the short term,” said Cacace when I pressed him on potential short-term goals like Irish titles. ‘Anto’ came in to his Emerald Roadhouse debut with a fair amateur pedigree and plenty of vocal support amongst the healthy crowd.

“The atmosphere here was unbelievable,” he agreed. “I loved every minute of it and cannot wait to get back in again. I’m fighting in England in a month, not sure where but talks are ongoing. I don’t know of another fighter at this weight who’s more powerful than I am and that is maybe an overstatement but I’m punching very hard. I may drop down a weight next time because I can lose it [the weight].”

Opponent on the night Ben Wager was standard debut fare and never really expected to produce an upset win, but Cacace was still required to get the job done and he did so in style.

“I was nervous in there and a bit tight but I loosened up and caught him with a cracker, then just went out to do him in. I was rusty, it was my first fight in two and a half years but I feel great now, the punching power is there and very hard for my weight. I knew he would come at me so I timed him with one over the top; he came running at me after he caught me with one early. I was going to end up hurting him and it wouldn’t have gone past the first round. I think I proved myself there and remember that he was 1-1 with a stoppage win on his record.

“I’ll fight anywhere to get my name up there and getting a knockout in my first fight – happy days.”


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Fight Reports

Brentwood’s ‘Smokin’ Joe Mullender (6-1) got back on track with a close points win over Peckham’s Diego Burton (4-4-1) over ten rounds at the York Hall on Saturday. It was a belter of a fight on a slightly smaller than usual Goodwin bill, partly due to 'Flash' Ashley Sexton not making weight again (more on this later) and 'Big Dog' AJ Carter’s opponent, who reportedly turned up with Evo-Stick holding his mooey in place.