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Anthony Cacace eyes Leo Santa Cruz world title fight after winning top ten WBA ranking

 

Just champion: Anthony Cacace
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On rise: Anthony Cacace lands on Sam Bowen
David Kelly

By David Kelly

Newly-crowned British title holder Anthony Cacace is now hot on the trail of a showdown with world champion Leo Santa Cruz having entered the WBA super-featherweight ratings at No.9.

With Carl Frampton shooting for the WBO title when he tangles with champion Jamel Herring, Cacace's manager Pat Magee says he is confident that the fellow Belfast man will have his chance at the WBA version in 2020.

"This is great news for Anthony. Ranked at nine, he could be given a shot at Santa Cruz right away or hopefully he is just one more win away from facing the champion," said Magee.

Cacace's stunning British title victory over Sam Bowen at the weekend clearly caught the eye of the WBA and now manager Magee is plotting a path to Frampton rival Santa Cruz.

A fortnight ago, Santa Cruz landed the WBA super-featherweight title, having previously held belts at bantam, super-bantam and featherweight.

With Frampton expected to face Herring and Oscar Valdez lined up to meet WBC champion Miguel Berchelt, that leaves Santa Cruz and IBF king Tevin Farmer seeking opponents for early next year.

Significantly, Cacace's manager Magee has a good working relationship with Richard Poxon, who is an associate of American powerbroker Al Haymon - the man who guides the career of Santa Cruz.

Magee added: "Santa Cruz will be looking to make a voluntary defence and if it is possible to do a deal for Anthony to take him on right away we would be up for that.

"But if Anthony has to have an eliminator before facing Santa Cruz, that's not a problem. Anthony has turned his career around with this win over Bowen and he will have gained so much confidence from the win that I believe he'll be 25 per cent better next time.

"So it's just a case now of weighing up the options and seeing what we do next but it is certainly possible that 2020 could be Anthony's year."

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