Anto Cacace features in Boxnation’s Top Prospects for 2017 list

Boxnation TV have chosen Belfast’s Anto Cacace [15(7)-0] as one of the top prospects to watch out for over the current year.

The BBBoC Celtic super featherweight champion is first in line for a British title fight against the winner of Martin J Ward’s title defence against Maxi Hughes on March 25th, and Boxnation panelist John Evans believes it is a step up he will make with ease.

Indeed Evans feels that the winner will vacate rather than face ‘The Apache,’ and he outlined how “I think Cacace is the epitome of ‘under the radar.’ Finally he’s been granted a British title fight, it’s been so long coming, but by the end of March he’s due to fight the winner of the Martin Ward Maxi Hughes rematch. Whether he does actually fight the winner of that fight or whether he fights for a vacant belt – that seems more likely.”

Describing the Andersonstown southpaw’s strengths, he noted how “Cacace is a nasty, nasty opponent to fight, he’s tall, rangy, quiet, hard hitting – the type of guy that if you’re at British title level, you’re looking across the ring and you don’t want to fight him, you want that to be a higher-paid fight much later on for bigger stakes.”

“I think he’s really good, he’ll pick up a British title mid-Spring, early Summer, and he might hold it for as long as he wants.”

Cacace was due to fight this weekend for a rankings-enhancing belt on the ITV4 Preston show but was forced to withdraw due to a chest infection. A new date for the 27 year old will be announced in the near future.

The list of 13 prospects to watch out for also includes Manchester-Dub Ryan Doyle, the current English featherweight champion as well as Zelfa Barrett, Reece Bellotti, Lyndon Arthur, Robbie Davies Jnr, Anthony Yarde, Marcus Morrison, Luke Eveans, Alex Hughes, and Daigo Higa.

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