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Powerful Anthony Cacace can punch his way to top: Barry McGuigan

By David Kelly

Published 29/08/2015

Hard puncher: Anthony Cacace is on Edinburgh bill
Hard puncher: Anthony Cacace is on Edinburgh bill

Anthony Cacace has the opportunity to make a major impact on the British super-featherweight scene when he headlines in Edinburgh on October 16, according to promoter Barry McGuigan.

Former World champion McGuigan has matched Belfast man Cacace with Scotland's Ronnie 'The Shark' Clark on a bill which will see Cyclone Promotions showcase their promising Scottish light-welterweight talent Josh Taylor in his second fight.

Cacace's career has been slow burning but over the past 12 months McGuigan has taken a strong interest in the 26-year-old and now hopes he can show the British Boxing Board of Control that he deserves a crack at the Lonsdale belt.

The Apache, as he is known, will be bidding to land the vacant Celtic super-featherweight title when he meets Clark.

McGuigan said: "This is a great chance for Anto to really show everyone that he is a force to be reckoned with in the British super-featherweight division. He's a very big talent and this fight is a real launching pad for Anto.

"Without doubt he's the hardest puncher we've ever had in our gym and whoever he connects with in the super-featherweight division will be in trouble.

"My son Shane has been working hard with Anto over the past year and he's developed a lot and we feel the time is right for him to step up and have some really exciting fights.

"If all goes to plan in Edinburgh on October 16 I would be confident that Anto can be fighting for British and Commonwealth titles within the next 12 months.

"It's going to be a big night for Anto and we are confident that he can deliver."

Meanwhile, McGuigan is confident that he can fast track Commonwealth Games gold medallist Taylor to title success and has matched him with Hungarian champion Adam Mate in his homecoming fight.

"You wouldn't normally give a guy having only his second fight this kind of test but Josh has a lot of ability and he can handle it," added McGuigan.

"He's a young man with a very bright future."

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