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Anthony Cacace is hoping ‘nightmare’ period in his career will soon be over


Anthony Cacace was gutted when his Wembley bout fell through

Anthony Cacace was gutted when his Wembley bout fell through

Anthony Cacace was gutted when his Wembley bout fell through

British super-featherweight champion Anthony Cacace admits he needs to kick himself out of a “nightmare” period in his career.

Cacace was to have faced Jonathan Romero on the undercard of Tyson Fury’s world heavyweight title fight with Dillian Whyte in April but the Colombian’s visa didn’t come through and with just days to go, he was off the bill. If that wasn’t bad enough, the Belfast man was dumped out of the WBA and WBO top 15 ratings.

The 33-year-old, who is now self-managed after leaving local man Pat Magee, remains at 13 in the IBF, whose newly-crowned champion Joe Cordina would be an obvious target for Cacace, who is promoted by Frank Warren.

But Cacace has revealed that he has yet to return to the gym after the April 23 bout with former world champion Romero fell through and doesn’t know when he will be back in the ring.

“I need to give myself a kick up the backside. I have to get back in the gym. It’s just been a nightmare… I was on a real downer after the fight at Wembley fell through,” said Cacace.

“It really hit me when I walked through those gates into the arena just how big a stage it was. For that fight I had the longest and hardest training camp ever and credit to Warren’s people because they covered the training expenses.

“It had been mentioned that I would be out in the summer but I think more realistically it’s probably going to be around September. My head has been going in all directions… you wonder to yourself if it’s worth all the knockbacks, I’ve felt a bit lost but then I know that on my day I can be a world champion, I just need the chance.”

Cacace watched last weekend as Welshman Cordina landed the IBF crown with a fine stoppage victory over Kenichi Ogawa.

“I thought Cordina looked brilliant winning the world title. He has been brought along the right way and when his chance came he took it. If he was prepared to give me a shot I’d grab it with both hands,” added Cacace.

“It would be a good domestic fight… a huge opportunity for me to win a world title. First of all I need to get back in the gym and see what will come my way. I was meant to have fought for the WBO international title at Wembley and I think that belt can still be on the line when I get out again.

“I actually got a direct message from world-ranked Billel Dib saying his team were reaching out to mine for a fight but I haven’t heard anything more.

“It’s been a very tough time but hopefully I will get a date soon so I can get focused again on getting to where I believe I belong.

“I’ve been a pro since 22 and I didn’t think it would take this long to get to the top.”

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