Willie Casey’s route to boxing fame, has, over the past two years taken in venues in Canada and London, with 10 wins in 10 fights. Tonight, the 28-year-old enters the ring against Dubliner Paul Hyland when they will slug it out for the vacant European Super Bantamweight title.
Willie, known as Big Bang, was brought up in Clonlong halting site where three Casey families have lived for many years.
Although he moved to a house in Southill, Willie is proud of his roots. “I am still the same Willie Casey as I was before I started out. I am living in Southill and I am still a member of the Travelling community and I never try to hide anything of myself or where I am from or who I am.
“Sometimes it seems like Limerick and Southill is always in the headlines for the wrong reasons but, hopefully, I can be a good news story by winning a European title for everyone in Limerick.”
He will have huge support tonight, including his 20 siblings. Willie has drawn inspiration from the Munster rugby team. “If you look at this fight it is the equivalent of Munster playing Leinster in a European Cup final at Thomond Park.