Big Bang makes a winning return

WILLE ‘Big Bang’ Casey returned to the ring in style on Saturday night when knocking out Daniel Kodjo Sassou.

WILLE ‘Big Bang’ Casey returned to the ring in style on Saturday night when knocking out Daniel Kodjo Sassou.

The Southill 29-year-old knocked out the French man in the eighth round of their tie in Kings Hall in Belfast.

Casey was returning from a devastating loss to Guillermo Rigondeaux in the WBA super-bantamweight title fight in March in Dublin.

It was a pleasing comeback for Casey who is sure to have gained a great deal of confidence as a result of making a successful comeback

Speaking yesterday, Casey’s manager Gary Hyde said that the Limerick man would be back in the ring before Christmas.

Indeed Casey could box in Limerick as part of a double-header with heavyweight star Tyson Fury.

The Wille Casey fight on Saturday night was on the undercard of British heavyweight champion Tyson Fury’s fifth-round stoppage win over American Nicolai Firtha in Belfast.

Fury is a cousin of Limerick pro-boxer Andy Lee. That bout was screened live on Channel 5.

“We are over the moon,” said Willie Casey’s manager Gary Hyde after the win.

“He is after showing that he is still one of the hottest properties in the super bantemweight division,” said Hyde.

“He boxed off the back foot with some great counter punching. There was a huge difference with his new style and that is coach to Paul McCullagh and all the coaches.”

Hyde said that Casey had now put the world title fight loss behind him.

“We cant hide the fact that he had a bad loss but to come back and fight a tough durable opponent like he did and to do it with such authority was fantastic,” said his manager.

“He showed everyone what Willie Casey can do – he was powerful and slick.”

Hyde revealed that the Limerick man has attracted interest from promoters in the US.

“Bob Arum was already onto me and there is huge interest from the states to get him on shows over there.”

The attention of local boxing fans will now turn to Lee’s rematch with Brian Vera on October 1 at the Boardwalk Hall in Athlantic City.

Vera is the only boxer to have defeated the Kronk fighter in his five year professional career.

Vera from Austin, Texas holds an extremely controversial 7th round stoppage win over Lee that occurred over three years ago on March 21, 2008.

Lee, who now holds the NABA and NABF middleweight belts, was ahead on all three judges’ scorecards and many boxing fans thought the fight was stopped prematurely when the referee, Tony Chiarantano intervened to stop the fight as Lee was throwing a punch.