Anto Cacace finally secures return to the ring on major card


A return to the ring has finally been confirmed for Anto Cacace [16(7)-1(0)].

The talented Belfast super featherweight has not fought since December 2017 but will make his comeback next month in London on a major bill.

Cacace has tonight been announced for the undercard of James DeGale and Chris Eubank Jr’s super middleweight clash at the O2 Arena which will play out live on ITV Box Office on Saturday February 23rd.

‘The Apache’ will face a to-be-confirmed foe on the Poxon Sports card, returning to the same platform as his last major fight.

Then, back in July 2017, Cacace was edged out in a British and Commonwealth title fight by Martin J Ward at the Wembley Arena on the undercard of Eubank Jr versus Arthur Abraham.

Since that loss the Pat Magee-managed fighter has boxed just once a keep-busy points win over Nicaraguan journeyman Reynaldo Mora.

Cacace saw fights fall through throughout 2018, including a Commonwealth eliminator versus Joseph Laryea.

Recently the BBBoC Celtic champion called to be the opponent for James Tennyson’s headline slot at the Ulster Hall on February 9th but this was dismissed by the recent world title challenger’s team.

Cacace turns 30 on Saturday and, now training under Sean McCullagh, will be looking to make one final push towards titles.

The mercurial Andersonstown man said that it is “great to be added to such a excellent card.”

“Buzzing to get back in the ring after a long time out.”

The undercard of the Al Haymon-backed bill in three weeks time also features a heavyweight clash between Joe Joyce and Bermane Stiverne, a light heavyweight bout between Andre Sterling and Ricky Summers, Lee Selby’s return at lightweight versus Omar Douglas, welterweight prospect Chris Kongo, and the professional debut oh heavyweight Chezerae Nihell who is the husband of top Belfast amateur Alanna Nihell.

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Joe O'Neill

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