Limerick’s Willie Casey finalises title preparations

Jerome O’Connell

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Jerome O’Connell

LIMERICK’S ‘Big Bang’ Willie Casey is putting the finishing touches to his preparations for next Sunday’s WBA European super bantamweight title fight.

LIMERICK’S ‘Big Bang’ Willie Casey is putting the finishing touches to his preparations for next Sunday’s WBA European super bantamweight title fight.

The Southill man is training in Belfast for the fight, which Casey hopes can return him to the big time.

The 30 year old Limerick man is facing Nottingham’s Jason Booth in the contest which takes place in the home ground of Premier League soccer side, Sunderland.

The pair will headline the ‘Summer Rumble 2’ event at the Stadium of Light on July 15.

“I’m excited that this fight is happening, training’s going well and I just can’t wait for it now,” said Willie Casey of the fight, which will be the headline bout on the annual boxing event in Sunderland.

“Jason’s very experienced and he’s very relaxed when he’s in the ring. I’m hoping that he brings that hunger and desire for wanting to get back to the top again because if he does then it’s going to make for a great fight,” said Casey of the fight, which won’t be available on television.

“I’d never take Jason lightly, he’s boxed in the big league and it would be very easy to be picked off for 12 rounds. It’s a fight I’m not prepared to lose and I’ll do whatever it takes to get this win under my belt.”

Casey is still trying to force his way back towards the top of the rankings after his round one stoppage in the world title fight against Rigondeaux last year.

Casey’s desire to return to the top has forced him to take chances and in April he moved up a weight and travelled to Denmark to fight Andreas Evensen for the vacant WBA International featherweight title.

Now Casey is fighting for another of the lesser known titles.

“This is a very big fight. Jason Booth is an experienced fighter and he has fought at the highest level. I am looking for a big convincing win over him to put me back in the mix. I am not prepared to lose,” said Casey.

“I can secure a WBA top 15 ranking by winning this fight. Quigg and Gallahad proved a bit to tricky for Booth, but a fight with me will prove different. We are both similar in style and I am expecting an all action fight,” he said.

“I have the hunger back and I am happy in the McCullough’s gym in Belfast and with my promoters Emerald Promotions. I know a win here will put me back in the mix.”

Casey has never worried about boxing away from home, with bouts in Canada, Denmark and across England and Ireland.

“I’m really looking forward to going over. I hear it’s great up there and I’m really excited about fighting in Sunderland. The boxing fans are knowledgeable and I’m sure some of the supporters will remember me from winning Prizefighter. I’ve also been training in Belfast for the last year and have gained a bit of support there too, so I’m sure some will make the trip over and enjoy the boxing,” he said.

Casey lost his last fight to Evensen on points and thinks a return to his more aggressive style will prosper.

“You will definitely see more of the old Willie Casey this time round. Last time out I lost a fight the old Willie Casey would have won by knock out. I was disappointed I didn’t step up and apply the pressure. I am delighted with what I have added to my game but I failed to take an opportunity and that won’t happen again,” vowed Casey.