‘Big Bang’ back in business

WILLIE “Big Bang” Casey is ready to return to the ring under new management for a tilt at the durable French super bantamweight, Daniel Kadjo, at the Limerick Institute of Technology on September 3.

Ironically, the Limerick southpaw will resume his career under the management of the man who engineered the only defeat of his career, Gary Hyde.

Hyde is also manager of Guillermo Rigondeaux, who ended Casey’s challenge for the WBA world interim super bantamweight title with an early left hook to the body at City West Conference Centre last March.

Casey, one of the early Prizefighter champions, has not fought since that night and Hyde insisted he is now ready to get his career back on track, predicting he will reclaim his EBU title early next year.

“I always spoke highly of Willie and I had a fierce regard for him,” Hyde said. “I want to get him back on track now. I have three fights lined up for him between now and December.

“Then we will challenge for the EBU title early next year. He is ranked No 4 by the EBU and I would see him as the mandatory challenger for the winner of Karl Frampton/Kiko Martinez fight.”

Casey was scheduled to fight Martinez for the European title last year but that fell through when the Spaniard pulled out with a rib injury and Casey went on to beat Paul Hyland for the vacant title.

Hyde feels his loss to Rigondeaux was just a blip and that Casey is ready to challenge for the European title he had to relinquish when he challenged Rigondeaux for the title fight.

“There is no doubt Willie is a great talent and I think nobody has his appetite for training,” Hyde said. “He has everything you could want in a fighter.

“Willie is delighted with the deal. He has an excellent team around him. He’s got the legendary cutsman, Mick Williamson, he’s got Paul McCullagh and Sean McCullagh training him. There is nothing going to be spared on him.

“Willie will fight on December 3 in the Limerick Institute of Technology. His opponent, Daniel Kadjo, has just fought Patrick Hyland and won a few rounds off him.”

Meanwhile Mayo’s Henry “The Western Warrior” Coyle returns home next month when he challenges for the WBF Light Middleweight title against Italy’s Elio Cotena at the Royal Theatre, Castlebar on Friday, August 12th.

The Chicago based Geesala native will headline a bill which also features Dublin’s undefeated Patrick “The Punisher” Hyland and a host of local talent on the undercard including an Irish title tilt for unbeaten Westport native Finbarr Eade and an eagerly anticipated all Mayo duel between John Waldron and Michael Sweeney.

Coyle says he’s determined to make it a night to remember for his home fans and a night to forget for Cotena.

“I’ve been part of a couple of big nights of boxing already here in Castlebar on the undercard to Bernard Dunne and Andy Murray so it’s great now to headline a bill at home and in a world title fight,’’ he said.

“The Royal Theatre is a fantastic venue and it’s brought some of the worlds biggest entertainers to Mayo and hopefully this will be a night for the people of Mayo to savour as well. I’ve been training hard in Chicago because I was hoping that something big like this would come up.”

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