Anthony Cacace ready to come out of the shadows

James Fryers, Paul Hyland Jnr,  James Tennyson and Joe Fitzpatrick
James Fryers, Paul Hyland Jnr, James Tennyson and Joe Fitzpatrick

Anthony Cacace weighed-in in Edinburgh on Thursday ahead of his Celtic title clash on Friday night.

Cacace - a member of the Cyclone Promotions stable - has come in under the radar of the media spotlight, but that will not be after this evening’s clash against Ronnie Clark.

IBF World Champion Carl Frampton gets the majority of the attention in McGuigan’s Gym in London - while Conrad Cummings is starting to make some noise.

Cacace on the other hand has gone about his work in a quiet manner - but tonight is his chance to shine - and most boxing fans rate the Belfast super-featherweight very highly.

And Cacace says he is going to show his worth against Clark.

“I know he can’t outbox me so all he can do is try and overwhelm me.

“But that’s what I’ve been training for so I know I can cope with it.

“He is tough and durable but all it takes is for him to walk into one, that’s what I really believe,” he added.

And Cacace says trainer Shane McGuigan and being based in England has brought him on loads in the last few months.

“The quality of sparring is different here. Back home I could have coasted through rounds and it doesn’t do you any good.

“Out here you’re sparring good, hard men who will all push you and take their shots.”

“If I was at home I wouldn’t be doing as much in the gym.

“Here the work ethic is a little different and they push you that wee bit more. They have also changed my eating and drinking habits.

“I used to drink loads of Coca-Cola but those days are long gone,” he added.

And manager and mentor Barry McGuigan believes his young charge will deliver in Scotland this evening.

“Cacace is a tremendous fighter, he could put a hole in the wall with his power.

“He spars welters and light middleweights and I’ve seen him put them on the floor in the gym.

“As far as punching-power and ability is concerned, he’s the best kid in the gym bar none, including Carl Frampton. Ability wise he’s better than every one of them.

“Shane has been working on his fitness and diet and you can see the change in him, Preparation has gone well and after he wins in Edinburgh we will be looking to get him a Commonwealth or British title shot,” he added.

Meanwhile James Tennyson has been ordered to face Scotland’s Darren Traynor (10-0) in a final eliminator for the chance to fight for the British Featherweight Title.

This will be Tennyson’s third fight against at top ten fighter as he beat Kris Hughes and Ian Bailey.

And Tennyson’s manager Mark Dunlop says he wants Tennyson to have this fight on home soil.

“I am sure I can get this fight on in Belfast and will hopefully be able to make it for a defence of his Celtic Title.

“We know that with every day, week and month that passes James is getting stronger.

“James will first fight on Saturday night in the Europa against a former European Title Challenger who went ten rounds against a number six world rated fighter.

“And we will be announcing another fight for him shortly,” Dunlop added.

Tennyson will fight at the Europa Hotel in Belfast tomorrow night.

Paul Hyland Jnr headlines the show, while James Fryers and Joe Fitzpatrick will also feature. Weigh in for the show is in the Europa Hotel at 12.30. Tickets available on the door.

And Welshman Lee Selby retained his IBF world featherweight title after a tough fight against Mexican veteran Fernando Montiel in Phoenix, Arizona.

Selby, 28, was given a unanimous points verdict after a gruelling 12 rounds in his United States debut, the judging scoring it 119-109, 118-110 and 116-12 in his favour.

Selby hit the canvas in the 10th round, but it was nothing more than a slip, and he remained in control of his destiny heading to the 12th. Montiel required a knock-down but, like Selby, looked ready to leave the judges to deliver their verdict.

The score from the first two judges looked distinctly generous, with the third decision better reflecting a contest Selby was glad to get out of the way.