LIMERICK’S Willie Casey makes his long overdue return to the boxing ring this Saturday.
The Southill hero fights in Belfast, in what will be his first fight in 15 months.
The former World title contender contests for the vacant Irish featherweight title against Belfast’s Marco McCullough.
The fight takes place in Belfast’s Odyssey Arena on the undercard of Carl Frampton’s European super bantamweight title tight.
The night is being promoted by Barry McGuigan.
“This fight could be the one to get things going and it will be a great show and card with a bit of pressure on everyone, especially with TV being on board,” said Wilie Casey of his comeback fight.
“When you’ve been out of the ring for so long it would be good to have one or two warm-up fights but I don’t think I would do the same kind of training for a warm-up fight that I’ve been doing for this,” he said of the Irish tight fight.
“It’s a very competitive fight at featherweight even though I’m giving up a lot of height and weight being a super-bantamweight but I haven’t fought in so long,” said Casey of the switch of divisions.
“I’m not gifted with the luxury of having top class promoters that can run shows and it’s getting very quiet but once the opportunity came and my team phoned me I took it straight away,” he explained.
“Regardless of how long I’ve been out I’ve always kept a positive mind, just hoping that one fight could just kick something off for me.”
The right is scheduled for 10 rounds.
The fight will see 32 year old Casey back in the ring for the first time since his July 2012 win over Jason Booth in Sunderland FC’s Stadium of Light.
The last 12-months have proven to be frustrating for the Limerick man with a number of fights failing to materialise. He hopes Saturday will be the start of a busy schedule.