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Cacace can go to next level with victory over Bowen

Big shot: A win would improve Anthony Cacace’s ranking
Big shot: A win would improve Anthony Cacace’s ranking
David Kelly

By David Kelly

Anthony Cacace will challenge unbeaten British champion Sam Bowen this summer in a battle between two world rated fighters.

Belfast man Cacace previously failed to take the British super-featherweight belt when challenging Martin Ward but now has another chance to not only lift the Lonsdale belt but improve his world rating as well.

The fight had been ordered by the British Boxing Board of Control but rather than go to purse bids, Cacace’s manager Pat Magee came to an agreement with promoter Frank Warren who will stage the exciting battle.

While manager Magee could not confirm the date and venue, it would not be a surprise if the fight ended up on the undercard of the big heavyweight scrap announced yesterday by Warren between unbeaten prospects Daniel Dubois and Nathan Gorman at the O2 Arena in London on July 13.

Magee believes victory for Cacace could spark off a year to remember for the 30-year-old who has had a career of ups and downs, which has left the general consensus that he is a man with unfulfilled potential.

Manager Magee said: “This is a golden opportunity for Anthony. The British title would be important enough but this is about more than the British title because both men are world rated. Anthony is ranked 13 with the WBA and Bowen is ranked nine with the WBO so the winner will push closer towards a possible world title opportunity.

“Bowen is the toughest opponent that Anthony has faced so far in his career. He’s a hard puncher, very strong and he’s relentless so this is a big test and everything needs to be right for him to win.

“Everything is on the line for both guys but maybe even more so for Anthony because this is his second shot at the British title. He’s very hungry to go and win the title and then we can push for an even bigger fight.”

Meanwhile, Dubois is convinced that he will handle the challenge of Gorman and land the British heavyweight title in emphatic fashion.

“I am very confident that I can knock anyone in the world out right now,” said Greenwich-born Dubois, 21, who has won 10 of his 11 fights inside the distance.

Gorman, 22, has an unblemished 16-fight record with 11 of those wins coming by knockout.

“I am very surprised, to be fair,” he said. “I was probably expecting it to be next year — in the summer time probably — and that is what I thought. When the phone call came it took me only a matter of seconds to say yes.”

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