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Anthony Cacace opponent CONFIRMED

 Anthony Cacace [20(7)-1(0)] will make the first defence of his IBO super featherweight world title against Damian Wrzesinski [26(7)-2(0)-2] in Belfast on May 27.

‘The Apache’ was delighted to have secured a slot on the undercard of Michael Conlan’s Luis Alberto Lopez world title challenge last month and had called for a fight fitting of the BT Sports broadcast bill.

The Belfast fighter was open to all comers but stressed a desire to fight a big name in what is his first fight in Belfast since 2015.

Wrzesinski isn’t quite up there with the likes of Archie Sharp, Jono Carroll or the other names Cacace was linked to but is a solid opponent and one that allows him to put his title on the line.

Indeed, it’s understood the IBO recommended the Pole after knocking back a more well-known British name. ‘Wrzos,’ 35, has called out the former British and Irish champ previously and has won the IBO Continental title and the Polish national title at both lightweight and light welterweight.

The 34-year-old mercurial talent will still hold out 2023 big-name hopes but speaking when he was officially confirmed on the card seemed content enough to be fighting at home and on such a big bill.

“It’s a great opportunity to be on such a big card with Michael Conlan fighting for a World title. I’m buzzing,” he said.

“This is a golden opportunity and at my age, it’s something I appreciate.”

Jonny Stapleton

Irish-boxing.com contributor for 15 years and editor for the past decade. Have been covering boxing for over 16 years and writing about sports for a living for over 20 years. Former Assistant Sports editor for the Gazette News Paper Group and former Tallaght Voice Sports Editor. Have had work published in publications around the world when working as a freelance journalist. Also co-founder of Junior Sports Media and Leinster Rugby PRO of the Year winner. email: editoririshboxing@gmail.com