SOUTHILL boxing champ Willie ‘Big Bang’ Casey has strongly denied rumours that a drugs-fuelled party that left several of his relations in hospital took place in his house.
And the Limerick boxer – who won the inaugural WBA European super bantamweight title a matter of weeks ago – has said he hopes members of his family will get a ‘big wake-up call’ about the dangers of drugs.
“It was nothing to do with my house and I wouldn’t allow anything like that. I wouldn’t be involved in anything like that or allow anything like that or let it happen in my house, on top of my kids and my wife or anything like that,” said Casey.
The boxer admitted that several of his relations were admitted to hospital last week and that drugs were a factor, which he said had put “major stress”on the extended family.
“Hopefully it will be a big wake-up call for them, the fact that it was a big worry and stress on the family. This should be a lesson to them. They get this chance and there is not many chances they will get like this,” said the 30 year old, adding that his brother died as a result of a drug addiction three years ago.
Reports last week suggested that five members of the family were admitted to hospital following a drugs-fulled party where they were suspected to have consumed large quantities of cocaine, alcohol, Xanax and morphine tablets.
Emergency services were contacted at 12.30am last Monday week to attend the scene of house party in the Southill estate of O’Malley Park where a young man was slipping in and out of consciousness.
Several other members of the family reportedly attended hospital in the hours that followed, but Willie says just two were admitted.
“There were only two lads admitted to hospital – there was one day where they were in bad condition, but by the next day they were recovering,” said the boxer, who beat Nottingham’s Jason Booth to clinch the inaugural WBA European super bantamweight title recently.
“My brother had his chances and never took them.
“Hopefully this will be a once off for the lads and they will see the light and cop onto themselves and realise the stress and the worry that they are putting on the family,” he added.