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Anthony Cacace must show true potential for career to 'lift off'

By David Kelly

Cyclone Promotions have dubbed their show in Edinburgh tonight 'Lift Off' and it could hardly be more appropriate for Belfast man Anthony Cacace who knows that victory will truly see his career start to move in the right direction.

Unbeaten Cacace is eager to take on the very best in the super-featherweight division and with British and European title fights on his radar, he is out to deliver an eye-catching performance against Scotland's Ronnie 'The Shark' Clark in their Celtic title fight.

Victory for the 26-year-old at the Meadowbank Sports Centre would pave the way for major opportunities in 2016 and promoter Barry McGuigan has said that the hard hitting Belfast man can be moved along "very quickly".

"Anto is the hardest puncher who has ever come into our gym. If he catches any super-featherweight clean they will go down," said McGuigan - and Cacace admits that it is time he demonstrated why the former world champion has so much faith in him.

Coached by Barry's son Shane for the past 12 months, Cacace has never been in better condition so now it is time to deliver against Clark.

"I'm really buzzing for this fight. This is the fight that can open the door to British and Commonwealth opportunities," said Cacace.

"I think the better the fighter I face the better I will be because sometimes when I've been boxing journeymen I have only gone at the pace that I needed to, maybe just in first gear but that will change in this fight. I will have to be on game from the start to finish.

"It's time for people to see the real Anto Cacace, to see what I can do and it's time for Shane and Barry to see it as well," said Cacace.

"They have seen what I can do in the gym but now they have to see it in the ring in a fight and I feel that I have sparred better than ever for this fight.

"Being over in London with Shane and Barry has been great for me, the sparring has been great and I feel that my fitness has never been better.

"This is the place I need to be because when I'm home I can get a bit lazy but over here they stay on top of me and that brings out the best in me.

"Now I have this chance to unlock the door to some very big fights and I have to take it."

Fellow Belfast man Marc McCullough returns to the ring in Edinburgh, aiming to bounce back from a shock defeat in the summer to journeyman Zoltan Kovacs.

The big attraction for the Scottish fans will be hot Cyclone Promotions lightweight prospect Josh Taylor.

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