After Anthony Cacace’s dominant win on Saturday against Lyon Woodstock attention now turns to the future and the type of fights that could eventually lead him to a shot at a super-featherweight world title.
‘The Apache’ dropped Woodstock in the fourth round of their fight which demonstrated the superiority that Cacace had throughout. The first defence of his British super-featherweight title was a convincing one and was reflected in the scorecards of 117-110 (twice) and 117-111.
The Irish News revealed that the champion will have a precautionary x-ray on his hands after damaging them during his win. Coach Harry Hawkins, who worked Cacace’s corner on the night, said he is hopeful promoter Frank Warren will deliver a big fight before the end of the year for his man.
“Francis Warren, Frank’s son, was there on Saturday and he was really impressed,” Hawkins told The Irish News. “They want him to really push on here and get involved in some meaningful fights, hopefully moving towards that world title scene.
“[Shakur] Stevenson and [Jamel] Herring are supposed to be fighting this year, that’s the kind of company he wants to be moving in – but Anto has to beat somebody at world level first, which he’s quite capable of doing and wants to do.
“Archie Sharp has a rating of two (with the WBO), but he might be afraid of putting that rating at risk by fighting Anto. He’s obviously keen to land a world title fight too.”
Cacace, rated number six by the WBA, called out his Queensbury stablemate after Saturday’s triumph. Sharp responded on social media saying, “You old git you need me you dosser”.
Whether it is Sharp or someone else Team Cacace know that their fighter needs to maintain the levels he showed on Saturday night and increase them if he is to achieve results on the world scene. Hawkins knows better than most how talented Cacace is and says he can compete at similar heights to his friend and former two-weight world champion Carl Frampton.
“I honestly believe he’s quite capable of mixing at that Carl Frampton level – I’ve no doubt about that. He was talking to Frampton after the fight, and he was telling him he had to push on and go the whole way now; that the titles were there to be won.
“It’s just a matter of doing the right things, probably training a wee bit harder, but there’s no doubt he has the talent and hopefully the best part of his career is yet to come.”