Team Anthony Cacace [20(7)-1(0)] are eyeing up a massive world title fight on the undercard of the proposed Tyson Fury – Anthony Joshua undercard.
The Belfast super featherweight won the IBO world title by defeating Michael Magnesi on the undercard of Joe Joyce’s stoppage victory over Joseph Parker on Saturday night.
The win was huge for the 33-year-old, not just because it came with a title and played out on a big tv card, but for what it means for him moving forward.
With Shakur Stevenson vacating the WBO and WBA world titles the 126lbs division has been blown wide open and ‘The Apace’ could be one of the main beneficiaries of the new look super featherweight landscape.
And the new Champion of the World is ….. Anthony Cacace. The Belfast man defeats Italy's Michael Magnesi by split decision to land IBO World Title ! 🏆https://t.co/fsXNLtWXxD pic.twitter.com/g7AqW4IwnU— Holy Trinity ABC (@HTBC_Belfast) September 25, 2022
Indded, Michael Hawkins, who was part of team Cacace in Manchester, believes the Ian Mahood trained fighter could go straight into world title action – and has proposed an exciting cross-promotional clash.
Hawkins suggests reigning European champ Zelfa Barrett [28(16)-1(0)] and Cacace should fight for one of the vacant world titles on the proposed Tyson Fury – Anthony Joshua card. The Belfast man believes the Belfast v Manchester battle would be ideal chief support for a fight that has yet to be agreed but is in the works for Cardiff and November.
Cacace is Queensberry aligned, while Barrett, who holds a win over Eric Donovan, is signed up to Matchroom, making it an unlikely make the majority of the time. However, with Eddie Hearn and Frank Warren working together to make the huge heavyweight clash cross promotional undercard fights are expected.
“Cacace versus Barrett for one of the vacant titles would be ideal,” said Hawkins when speaking to the Irish News.
The two warriors, Michael Magnesi and Anthony Cacace, shared a friendly embrace following a grueling 12 rounds of combat at the @AOArena in Manchester, UK. @mich88z @DiBellaEnt @StarBoxing @frankwarren_tv #MagnesiCacace #boxing pic.twitter.com/Q8XJrbVJB8— Lou DiBella (@loudibella) September 24, 2022
“It’s down to Frank Warren to push on for him. Barrett is big and strong but so is Anto so it’s definitely a winnable fight for him. Even the likes of (Oscar) Valdez… Anto would have a crack at any of them. He’ll not turn anybody down at this stage of his career.
“If he got the chance to fight Barrett in December, he’d grab it with both hands.”