Anthony Cacace admits his future in boxing is uncertain after he was dealt yet another setback earlier this week.
The Belfast man was due to face former world super-bantamweight champion Jhonatan Romero for the WBO International super-featherweight title on the chief support slot of Fury-Whyte at Wembley Stadium last night.
However, the Colombian was unable to secure a visa to travel to London and while Cacace revealed he had been offered a couple of names as replacements, he was then informed on Wednesday morning that he would not be fighting at all.
It is a hammer blow to the 33-year-old who seemed he was set to get his breakout moment in front of 94,000 fans inside the stadium and millions more tuning in around the world, but it wasn’t to be as he was left on the outside looking in as the build-up to the heavyweight title showdown went on around him.
To make matters worse, he returns home with nothing to show for a lengthy camp and will now reevaluate where he goes next, but speaking on Thursday, was still trying to come to terms with this latest blow.
“I’m just really sick of it – it’s hard to take,” he admitted.
“I was down at the stadium today (Thursday) and it just started to sink in what I’m missing out on.
“I’ll have to get over it and can’t keep crying about it. I’m still here (in London) and my misses and the child fly in tomorrow, so it’s just one of those things I’m going to have to get over.”
There is a chance he may be offered a slot on the May 21 Demetrius Andrade versus Zach Parker card at Derby’s Pride Park, but having arrived in London this week on weight, resting up for a couple of weeks and returning to 130lbs may be a little too soon he admitted.
Cacace parted ways with his manager Pat Magee earlier this year so was dealing directly with his promoter Frank Warren in the build-up, so there are several issues to be sorted out to pave the way for a return to the ring should he decide to fight on.
The west Belfast man admits he will mull over what is next, but will make no rash decisions and for now, his only concern is spending time with his children who he has not seen properly for months and then will see what offers are on the table.
“I don’t know where I go from here,” he continued.
“I’m going home after sacrificing a lot with not a penny in my pocket from this, so I have that to deal with.
“I’ve got to go home now and get a bit of work and get back to ordinary life.
“Boxing can be the worst sport in the world. I don’t want to sound too negative but I don’t know where I’m going now or what’s happening.
“I’ll go home and relax with my children a few days and see if we can sort something out.”