Trainer Shane McGuigan convinced Anthony Cacace can make a massive impression

Anthony Cacace on the pads with Shane McGuigan
Anthony Cacace on the pads with Shane McGuigan

Anthony Cacace could be the next big thing according to trainer Shane McGuigan.

Belfast super featherweight Cacace will take on Dawid Knade in a four rounder at the Titanic Quarter in Belfast on Saturday night.

Big punching Cacace started his professional career like a run away train as he won all eight of his pro fights to date with three wins coming by the way of knock-out - but he is has been out of action since October last year.

And trainer McGuigan says there is so much more to come from Cacace.

“He hits the pads harder then anyone else I have done pads with,

“Anto has great potential and we are now just working on his diet and his fitness.

“His diet before he came here was awful and he is now getting the hang of eating and living clean.

“He doesn’t know how good he is and there is so much more to come from him,” he added.

And Cacace says he is enjoying training in Battersea at McGuigan’s Gym.

“Being in London with Shane and Barry McGuigan I have been given a new lease of life.

“I have only been here a few months and I already am in the best shape of my lfe.

“The diet and the training we are doing has brought me on leaps and bounds and I am enjoying it.

“I really believe that working with Shane and Barry I can fight for the British title next year and go on and win the European title and who knows after that.

“Everything has gone well and I am now looking forward to the future,” he added.

And Cacace says it has been frustrating being inactive since October.

“It was doing my head in and I thought about packing it in, but now I am under Shane’s watch and there is now light at the end of the tunnel.

“It is great news to be on the Titanic bill and hopefully I can show people what I have to offer,” added Cacace.

And it looks like Jamie Conlan will now face Mexico’s Jose Estrella for the WBO Super-flyweight Inter-continental title on Saturday night.

Talented Conlan was supposed to take on Daryl Basadre for the belt but he has withdrawn from the fight because of injury,

Estrella has won 14 of his 20 contests with ten of his wins coming by way of knock-out.

This will be a different challenge for Conlan but it is one the Belfast fighter will be confident of winning in his home city.