By Jonny Stapleton
Willie Casey made a statement in and out of the ring in the King’s Hall last Saturday night.
Casey fittingly came back with a bang working past some ring rust to succeed were Scott Quigg, Joe Murray and even Patrick Hyland failed, stopping 50 fight veteran Daniel Kodojo in the last round of his come back fight.
And after disposing of a difficult and tough opponent ’Big Bang’ warned Europe’s super bantemweight’s he is ready to re explode on the continental stage.
Casey, who floored his opponent with a hook in round 7 of a tough fight, is looking for two more bouts before Christmas before launching a 2012 title assault.
“We knew he was going to be tough. It was no last minute job for him. He had a great opportunity here and he was in great shape. I don
’t want to compare my win with how the other lads did. I didn’t want a first round knock out I wanted to be tested and I was happy with the eight rounds. I didn’t plan to make a statement but the message is look out the Big Bang is back and learning out the box,” Casey said after the fight.
“He was a dangerous fighter. I had to be careful and use my head. When I picked it up a gear the fight came to an end.”
Casey certainly didn’t take an easy route back into the fight game and the French visitor caused him some problems. However the former European champion wouldn’t have it any other way and hopes for two more tests test before Christmas.
“I will sit down with the team and see what is next. We are in no rush. Maybe if we got a two fights before Christmas and then go from there. I was happy he lasted till the eight tonight because I wanted the rounds. The more rounds I have the more I learn. I was delighted to get the experience and time in the ring. You achieve nothing from a first round knockout. I want a test myself against a different style. Anyone that can take me the distance and anyone that can put on a good show.”