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Bowen’s coach Carl Greaves predicts ‘painful night’ for Anthony Cacace

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Carl Greaves says he feels sorry for Anthony Cacace [17(7)-1(0)] ahead of the Belfast fighter’s British title fight tomorrow night.

Champion Sam Bowen [15(11)-0] has reached peak levels going into tomorrow’s BT Sport-broadcast Birmingham bill topper and is such form it ‘spells danger’ for the Andersonstown man.

The British champion hasn’t fought since March and his mandatory challenger Cacace, who himself has been out of the ring since February, saw two proposed scheduled meetings fall through.

That time out hasn’t negatively effected the Leicester native, according to Greaves and he returns from injury tomorrow better than ever.

Indeed, Greaves suggests his man could stop the Harry Hawkins-trained natural talent at the Birmingham Arena.

“It has been a frustrating time, but now I can honestly say this is a 100% Sam Bowen, and that’s something we haven’t seen at this level yet,” Greaves said.

“This is the best I have seen him. He’s had over 120 rounds in sparring leading up to this, which is great. He’s not sparred with the same person more than twice, so he’s had a good mixture.”

“It spells danger for Cacace because Sam at 75% or 80% has been rolling people over ­— it is going to be a painful night for Cacace.”

While Greaves is ultra confident Bowen will retain he does admit Cacace is a different level to anything the undefeated 27-year-old has faced. In fact Greaves believes Cacace might be the pick of the bunch with regard to potential domestic level opponents at the present time.

“It is definitely his toughest test,” added Greaves. “I’d even say it is the hardest fight in the division at British level.

“[Carl] Frampton used to spar with him a few years back and he said he was the hardest puncher he had ever been hit by, so we know he has to be at his very best.

“On paper, he’s only stopped seven, but that doesn’t always tell the whole story.”


Jonny Stapleton

Irish-boxing.com contributor for 15 years and editor for the past decade. Have been covering boxing for over 16 years and writing about sports for a living for over 20 years. Former Assistant Sports editor for the Gazette News Paper Group and former Tallaght Voice Sports Editor. Have had work published in publications around the world when working as a freelance journalist. Also co-founder of Junior Sports Media and Leinster Rugby PRO of the Year winner. email: editoririshboxing@gmail.com