Willie ‘Big Bang’ vows to fight back following defeat

Jerome O’Connell

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Jerome O’Connell

WILLIE ‘Big Bang’ Casey has vowed to bounce back from his heartbreaking first round defeat in Saturday’s world title fight.

WILLIE ‘Big Bang’ Casey has vowed to bounce back from his heartbreaking first round defeat in Saturday’s world title fight.

WILLIE ‘Big Bang’ Casey has vowed to bounce back from his heartbreaking first round defeat in Saturday’s world title fight.

“I’m a little bit disappointing but these things happen in boxing but a true champion gets back up and comes again,” said a gallant Willie Casey after his defeat to world champion Guillermo Rigondeaux.

There are obvious comparsions to Bernard Dunne. Back in August 2007, Dunne lost in the first round to Kiko Martinez, but less than two years later he won the world title by beating Corboba.

“He came back and won a world title and its how you pick yourself up and where you take it from here,” outlined Casey.

“I am not afriad of being beaten – unfortaunetly I got knocked out but this happens and you have got to get on with it and this is not the end of me. I didn’t get into this game without knowing that I was going to loose – the real test for me now is to see when do I get back into the ring and where do we go from here. You are going to see me pretty soon back in the ring again,” said Casey.

“I go into every fight confident. I was 110 per cent positive going into that fight that I was going to win and nothing would stop me but when you get caught with the big bangs, you get caught and there is nothing you can do. Look at whats going on in the world at the moment with Japan, nuclear stations and earthquakes, so I am just really looking forward to going home to my wife and kids.

“Was it too soon for me? I don’t think so, I trained very hard for this fight – it wasn’t just about one round, I spent the last 10-weeks killing myself to be ready for this fight and it was just unfortunate that I got caught at the wrong time.”

He continued: “I am fighting for the world title after just 11 fights. Was it too soon for me? I don’t think so, I think it was the right time for me, it was just unfortunate I got caught. Boxing is boxing, it was either him or me and tonight it was me.”

“If another big fight like this came along next week I would jump back on the bike again and take it – without a doubt, without even hestiating. I am in this game to try and box and do the best I can and here I am boxing the best and I was just unlucky tonight.

Casey admitted he had no answer to the early onslaught from the two time Olympic champion.“It was the body shot that I got caught with first and and it took me a minute to recover again and I didn’t think I was going to recover but I did and just as I recovered I got caught with another hook over the top.”