Willie Casey admits that, despite the fact there is an abundance of potentially ‘cracking’ fights out there for him, he is struggling to find work.
The Limerick man claims the super bantamweight division has the stars to make it the busiest and most exciting weight class around, but making the big fights is proving difficult in the current climate.
The pocket power house would like bouts with the likes of Kiko Martinez, Carl Frampton and Rendell Munroe if a significant prize was on the line, but wants a warm up fight first.
Big Bang is eager to get back in the ring and put defeat to WBA world interim champion and potential pound for pound star Guillermo Rigondeaux behind him as soon as possible.
The former European champion, who has no Rigondeaux regrets and is optimistic he can return to the top, hopes for a return as early as next month, but is pencilled in for a September comeback.
“I would love to fight next week. That is how eager I am to get back in the ring. The last thing I want is to be a year out after a loss. I don’t want to be one of those guys. I want to get back in straight away. Dolphil are looking at a show in September, but I would like to fight before then too. If I get one win under my belt I can look the European route or get a win over a world ranked opponent. I will be back fighting regardless. There are massive fights in this division with Paulie Hyland, Rendall Munroe, Carl Frampton, Jason Booth, Scott Quigg and the likes, but we need someone to put on more shows and get us active,” Casey explained.
One potentially big Big Bang bout is a clash with former British featherweight champion John Simpson. The tough Scot who defeated Martin Lindsay in Belfast last December and called out Casey recently.
“We all know that would be a great fight. I is the type of fight I would enjoy all action and one the fans would love. John is an similar situation to me. He is looking to put himself back out there, but the called me out and had no offer on the table? I respect John but that is the kind of fight that something would have to be on the line to take.”
The value for money puncher was initially set to face Kiko Martinez after defeating Paulie Hyland in the first ever all Irish European title fight. However, elected against continuing on the continuing on the continental trail in favour of a world title tilt.
And despite suggestions the Southhill Southpaw jumped up the boxing ladder too soon the fighter himself has no regrets.
“I am not one for regrets. I got a chance lots of fighters only dream of and I took it. I trained hard for the fight and was the fittest I ever was. We got a chance we took it. It didn’t work we move on.”
Casey was indeed super fit for his City West showdown with the potential pound for pound star and attributes a lot of his conditioning to Joe Clifford.
Clifford is now working with Casey’s former foe Paulie Hyland and the Limerick man thinks we will see the benefits on June 25.
“Joe is brilliant. He is pure professional. The work he did with me got the best out of me. It was so detailed. I know Paulie will benefit. He will be fitter, stronger and more powerful. I reckon people will see a difference next time Paulie is out. Paulie is a quality boxer and I hope he does well.”