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Cacace aiming to sharpen up for bout with Hughes

By David Kelly

Anthony Cacace will hope to take a step up the domestic ladder when he returns to the ring tomorrow night in Dundalk.

The Irish super-featherweight champion meets Hungarian Zsolt Nagy in a six rounder before moving on to meet former Commonwealth super-bantamweight title challenger Kris Hughes in Belfast on April 6 at the Emerald Roadhouse.

Former Ulster senior champion Cacace has been making good progress since turning professional 12 months ago, rattling up six victories and the 24-year-old believes he can go on and fight for the British title later this year.

While Nagy should be handled without much trouble, Hughes – knocked out by Carl Frampton last year – will provide a more serious test of his credentials.

Cacace said: "I only got word about this fight on Wednesday but I'm in great shape because I had been training for a fight in Chicago which fell through.

"So all that work hasn't gone to waste. This guy Nagy is no mug, he's fought at a good level but I'm looking to put in a good performance to help me get ready for the Kris Hughes fight.

"The Hughes fight will be a good step up for me. It could even be for the Celtic title because John Simpson, who holds the title, is fighting for the British title so he could well vacate.

"I'm feeling in great form and I want to move as quickly as I can up the ratings. I'm very confident I could fight for and win the British title if I get the chance.

"I just need to focus on this fight first and do a really good job."

Also on the bill is fellow Belfast man James Tennyson who has made a good start to his career with four straight victories. Tennyson is also in against Hungarian opposition, facing David Kis, while another unbeaten Belfast man Daniel McShane takes on Ignac Kassai of Hungary.

East Belfast man Matthew Wilton will look to extend his unbeaten record to five when he meets Miklos Baraz.

Meanwhile, Tyson Fury – whose cousin Hughie has turned pro – insists he will show his world title credentials when he takes on former IBF cruiserweight champion Steve Cunningham at the Theatre in Madison Square Garden on April 20.

Promoter Mick Hennessy said: "If Tyson wins this fight against Cunningham we will then be moving onto challenge the No 1, to be mandatory contender to Wladimir Klitschko."

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