Limerick boxer Willie Casey has his sights set on another title challenge and a return to Super Bantemweight.
The Southill pro-boxer accepted a late invitation to travel to Denmark for the title fight on Saturday and also had to make a step-up in weight to face Andreas Evensen.
But now The Big Bang is more likely to drop back down to Super Bantemweight and could return to the ring in June.
â€œMy promoters, Emerald Promotions, are looking into the possibility of staging our own show here in Ireland and there is a chance that I could fight for the WIB International belt at Super Bantemweight,â€ Willie Casey said this Monday on his return to Limerick.
Despite losing a majority decision after 12 rounds in Denmark, Casey said that the gamble was worthwhile.
â€œOf course I am disappointed by I live to fight another day. We knew that is was always a big risk but there was a big reward with the title,â€ explained Casey.
â€œThe problem is that there are now shows in Ireland and no exposure with television so we are been forced to take risks like this,â€ said the former European champion.
â€œIt was always going to be a 50-50 fight and I think that there were things that I could have done different and maybe even knocked him out. I am not sorry I took the fight and on another night I could have got the decision.â€
The step up in weights meant that Casey entered the ring eight pounds lighter that his Colombia-born opponent.
â€œThere were plenty positives from the fight and for me it was the first time that I went 12-rounds and I am very happy with that. It was great exposure for me also - it was shown on Boxing Nation and that goes across the world,â€ outlined Casey.
The judges score card read 115-113, 114-114, 115-113, but Casey felt he was close to victory.
â€œIt is another loss for my career but there were positives from it. I am sure that something good will come from it. It is still a learning curve for me and now I just want to get back into the ring as soon as possible. I know now that I can go 12-rounds and thats good to know for the future,â€ said the Southill man, who was defeated by in his world title bid just over 12-months ago.
â€œOverall I am happy that we took the fight. Now I just want the fights to keep on coming and the sooner the better,â€ said Casey.
He returned to Limerick on Monday and will remain with his family for a rest before planning for his next fight and returning to Belfast, where he now trains.