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Fired-up Cacace honoured ahead of British title bid

 

By David Kelly

Anthony Cacace says he is ready to take his career to a new level, starting with victory in his British super-featherweight title fight with Martin Ward.

The Belfast man, yesterday awarded the annual Eddie Shaw Memorial trophy by the Northern Ireland Area council of the British Boxing Board of Control for 2016, will find out within the next fortnight when and where he will meet British king Ward.

Unbeaten Cacace has generally had a frustrating career, suffering periods of inactivity, but now finds himself in a position where he can turn that on its head.

"I can't wait for the fight to happen. Once a deal is done or the purse bids are announced then me and my team will set up a camp in Spain and prepare the best we can because this fight is huge for me," said Cacace.

"It's nice to have been awarded the Eddie Shaw Memorial trophy, to be recognised, and now I want to have a much better 2017. Beating Martin Ward would be the perfect start and I'm 100 per cent confident I will do that."

Manager Pat Magee is convinced that victory for Cacace over Ward would unlock the pathway to major opportunities and is hoping to bring the clash to Belfast.

"The purse bids for the fight are on April 12 and if it gets that far I will be bidding with the backing of ITV, but if we can agree a deal with Eddie Hearn's Matchroom outfit, who look after Ward, then that could be good for Anthony," said Magee.

"There's been talk that Hearn could be bringing Ryan Burnett back to Belfast for a big fight at the Odyssey and if we could agree terms for Ward to face Anthony on that bill then obviously that would make sense."

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