Anthony Cacace [20(7)-1(0)] looks set make the first defence of his IBO super featherweight world title against Alex Dilmaghani [20(7)-2(1)] on the undercard of the proposed Tyson Fury – Derek Chisora undercard.
Former European title challenger, Dilmaghani was Cacace’s British title mandatory and it’s a fight that had been discussed previously.
Only when the talented Belfast fighter defeated Michael Magnesi to claim the IBO strap did the 32-year-old southpaw begin slip off Cacace’s opponent radar.
However, Irish-boxing.com understands it is indeed the English fighter next. Dilmaghani has revealed he received an offer very soon after ‘The Apace’ outclassed the Italian on the undercard of Joe Joyce’s victory over Joseph Parker – and rumour has the fight happening as early as December 3.
It’s believed bout will feature prominently on the BT Sports broadcast Fury – Chisora WBC world title fight topped card.
Dilmaghani has fought for the IBO title before, drawing with Francesco Fonseca at York Hall in 2019, and gets another shot, this time against Belfast’s mercurial talent.
Dilmaghani confirmed his ‘management received a written agreement’ and he expects to fight Cacace in December. The Manchester-based Surrey native also expects to win.
“He’s a very good fighter,” he told Irish-boxing.com.
“I respect him so I’ll be expecting a tough fight, and I’ll prepare accordingly, but I’ll beat him. Same way Cacace will believe he will beat me. I’m 100% not coming to lay down. That’s not in my nature. It’ll be a great fight.”
Discussing Cacace’s win over the previously undefeated Magnesi, he revealed he supported the Irish fighter on the night.
“I thought Anto did what he needed to do. I was rooting for him, I was ringside sitting close to his father. He’s a good guy and he looked good, not sure what one of the judges was looking at, had him winning quite clearly.”