WILLIE Casey makes his eagerly awaited comeback to the ring this Saturday night.
Southill’s ‘Big Bang’ faces Daniel Kodjo Sassou of France in an eight round super bantamweight contest in Belfast’s Kings Hall.
The comeback fight for the Limerick pro-boxer is one of the main support bouts on the undercard of Tyson Fury’s heavyweight contest with Nicolai Firtha.
Saturday will be Casey’s first time back into the ring since last March’s defeat in his world title fight against Cuba’s Guillermo Rigondeaux.
“I am really looking forward to it - ever since I lost the world title fight I have just wanted to get back into the ring. I would have gone back in two or three weeks later but I had to wait my time,” explained Casey from his Belfast base this Tuesday evening.
He added: “It feels like a year since that defeat but it has only been about five months”.
Casey was due to face the Togo born 31 year old in Limerick last weekend but that event was cancelled as the Millennium Theatre in LIT proved unsuitable due to the scheduling of repeat exams.
Now under new management with Gary Hyde, 29 year old Casey is hoping to kick-start his career towards regaining his European title belt.
Casey, a former European and Prizefighter champion has trained with Paul McCullagh in Belfast for this fight.
“I have been working on a new style and technique and it might take a fight or two to get it right but I am working hard,” said Casey.
“I want to get back to where I was before the world title loss. I am on top of my game,” he promised.
The Limerick man brings a record of 11 wins from 12 fights into the ring against an opponent with a career of 30 wins from 51 fights.
“There was no point bringing over some guy that I would knock in the first round. This guy is tough and durable but I am up here in Belfast for six or eight weeks and ready.”
Channel Five are televising the Tyson Fury fight live on Saturday night with coverage from 8.45-10.15 but there is no confirmation if the Willie Casey fight will be shown.