Casey’s world title fight now likely to be televised

CONTRARY to earlier reports that the much anticipated WBA World Super bantamweight title fight between Willie “Big Bang” Casey and the Cuban Guillermo Rigondeaux on March 19 would not be televised, it now appears that the fight will be shown on TV3.

Gary Hyde, who co-promotes the bill with DolPhil Promotions, revealed that negotiations with TV3 to televise the fight were at an advanced stage and it was now virtually certain it would be televised live across Ireland. “I talked to TV3’s head of sport, Kieran Holden, on Friday and an announcement will be made in the coming days,” said Hyde.

“It appears as if the fight will be televised throughout Ireland for free and that is something I have always wanted.”

Two-time Olympic champion Rigondeaux won’t be the only Cuban on show at the CityWest in March as fellow countryman Alexei Collado, one of the three Cork-based Cuban fighters, will touch gloves with Paul Hyland, who lost to Casey in their battle for the vacant European super bantamweight crown.

The Dubliner may well be facing his most dangerous assignment to date against the Cuban who has won all of his 13 professional fights inside the distance.

Collado’s last fight was at the Letterkenny Leisure Complex last October when he stopped Cristian Faccio four rounds into their scheduled eight rounder and his manager, Hamish Thomas, insists he has gone from strength to strength since then.

It had also been expected Oscar Chacin would at least take him the distance when they met in Dublin the previous month but that ended in the sixth.

Paul Hyland, however, expects to succeed where others have failed when they meet on March 19. The Dubliner, who has won 18 of his 20 fights, was the first to admit that he fought the wrong fight against Willie Casey and he is looking forward to the opportunity to show the boxing public what he can do against a really lethal puncher.

“I had been looking for this fight more than a year ago,” Gary Hyde, who manages Rigondeaux said.

“But, that time Paul’s father, Paddy, said they would prefer to fight a 10 or 12 rounder.

“That opportunity has come around now and I am in negotiating with the WBA for an international or continental belt so it should be a good fight.”

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