Casey bids to revive career in 2012

WILLIE Casey has parted company with his management team in an effort to kick-start his pro-boxing career.

WILLIE Casey has parted company with his management team in an effort to kick-start his pro-boxing career.

The Southill super bantemweight has been back in the ring just once since his failed world title bid last March and now ‘The Big Bang’ wants to re-establish himself as a title contender in 2012.

His quest to return to the top level of the pro-game started this Monday as he returned to Belfast after the Christmas break.

Last week, the Limerick man and his promoter Gary Hyde parted company, with Casey disillusioned at a lack of fights.

After a very busy 2010, Casey fought just twice last year.

“We sat down and had a good chat and we agreed that it was best to go our separate ways,” confirmed Casey.

“I had to buy out my contract but I felt that it was the best way forward for me.”

Already the former European champion has offers from varying managements to join their stable, but Casey is in no rush to commit to another contract.

“I am not planning to rush into anything. I plan to talk to a couple of people and then make a decision. I don’t really want to sign another big long contract - maybe a two or three fight deal and then after that we could see what would be best,” he explained.

For now Casey is back training in Belfast with Paul and Sean McCullagh.

“I have been with them for the six or seven months and I am making great progress. It takes time to adopt to their new style but I am still learning all the time,” said the Limerick man.

Casey already has his sights set on a potential bout on April 3 in Belfast but is mindful that all did not work out as planned last year.

Firstly his comeback fight in the Millennium Theatre in Limerick Institute of Technology was postponed in September and then in late November another fight in Manchester also fell through.

“I just want to get back into the ring,” said Casey, who has fought only the comeback win over Sassou last September since his world title defeat to Rigondeux last March.

“I want to be busy in 2012. Hopefully this year will be different compared to last year - I had a good comeback but then it didn’t work out after that. I know that I need another two fights before I can think about anything big. Once I get back winning there could be a chance to regain the European title or maybe fight a world title eliminator,” outlined Casey, who turned 30 over Christmas.