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Cacace is in big trouble, insists Bowen's coach

 

Squaring off: Sam Bowen (left) and Anthony Cacace at yesterday’s press conference
Squaring off: Sam Bowen (left) and Anthony Cacace at yesterday’s press conference
David Kelly

By David Kelly

Anthony Cacace's British title hopes will be crushed on November 30, according to coach Carl Greaves.

Belfast man Cacace challenges unbeaten Sam Bowen - coached by Greaves - for his British super-featherweight belt at Arena Birmingham in the headline bout which will be screened on BT Sport.

Both men have a world ranking, with Bowen currently slated at No.8 in the WBO ratings, and while many believe it could be a close affair, Greaves is confident that the clash has come at the wrong time for Cacace.

"I think this has come two years too late for Cacace and Bowen is all wrong for him," said Greaves.

"Sam is formidably strong and in sparring he has always got the better of everyone he has sparred. He's unbeaten in 15 fights and we still haven't seen the best of him.

"I really believe that Cacace will be shocked at how strong Sam is and I can see Sam getting a late stoppage win.

"It's a massive fight for both men but more so for Cacace because if he loses I don't know where he will go from there because he has been hanging around for a while, knocking on the door and waiting for this chance.

"Sam is the younger and fresher man and I just feel he has that little bit extra."

Bowen and Cacace were to have boxed in August at the Falls Park but the Leicestershireman suffered an injury.

The Belfast man is confident that, having lost a previous title shot to Martin J Ward in a close fight two years ago, he can now grab his opportunity.

"This fight was meant to happen twice before and now it is happening. I know he is a good fighter and what he brings to the table," said Cacace.

"Sam is a hard man, but I can box southpaw or orthodox, move and fight. Can he do that?"

Bowen's coach Greaves certainly believes he will have all the answers on November 30 and revealed that the British super-featherweight champion is now a full-time boxer.

"Sam became British champion and WBO inter-continental champion while still working a full-time job of 42 hours a week, which shows you the kind of man he is," added Greaves.

"So just think how fresh and strong he will be when he is able to rest properly after training. He's just going to be too strong and I would think that Cacace must be struggling to make the weight. He's 5ft 10in and now 30 years of age.

"Without looking past Cacace, I would expect Sam to win and then look to get another win that will mean he can keep the Lonsdale belt."

The bill will also feature British welterweight champion Chris Jenkins defending his belt against Liam Taylor, which will be of great interest to Belfast man Paddy Gallagher.

Jenkins controversially retained his British title when his clash with Gallagher was brought to a halt due to cuts suffered by the champion. They were ruled to be due to accidental head clashes but the general consensus was that it had a lot more to do with Gallagher's punches.

The Belfast man immediately called for a rematch and while Jenkins was mandated to face Taylor, Gallagher is eager to take on the winner.

"It was meant to be a fairytale night for me and the judges ripped it all away from me," said Gallagher.

"It was clearly my best performance. The first five rounds had been tight but then I got on top and he was getting worse and worse. He was getting knocked out, no doubt, only the referee stopped it.

"I still can't believe how they scored it for him whenever I had him on the deck and all over the place."

The Jenkins camp had said afterwards they would give Gallagher a rematch and the Belfast man will be hoping they are true to their word.

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