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Cacace believes Woodstock win could force world title eliminator with currently unwilling Sharp

Anthony Cacace [18(7)-1(0)] believes a win over Leon Woodstock [12(5)-2(0)] could set up a world title eliminator with Archie Sharp [18(9)-0], if the English fighter accepts the fight.

Frank Warren last week confirmed the British champion will play a major role in the BT Sports Summer Series and will most likely top one of the BT Studio shows.

‘The Apache’ is delighted to have a fight, is content with the level of opponent and what he brings to the table – and is enjoying being the A-side for a change.

“It feels great to have a fight booked in,” Cacace told Irish-boxing. “I am just waiting on securing a date. Woodstock is a good strong opponent for my voluntary and I think it will be an exciting enough fight,” he adds before smiling at the prospect of being the A side.

“Yeah it feels a bit strange to be fair.”

The Lonsdale belt holder has secured A side status having won the title and signing with Frank Warren.

That promotional move also makes a fight with WBO#3 likely. Indeed, the puncher most Irish fighters hail as a natural talent, believes a win this summer could set up a world title eliminator with Declan Geraghty’s defeater.

Although, the Belfast super feather doesn’t believe the 25-year-old ‘Sharpshooter’ is keen.

Cacace claims the Londoner has already turned down the fight.

“I think a win here and all being well could put me into a very good position and close to a final eliminator with Sharpe.

“I know Sharpe doesn’t fancy it. The fight was offered to him, maybe with a bit more reward he would take it.”

The Pat Magee managed world ranked fighter has yet to be given an official date for his first defence. The series kicks off on July 10, Cacace versus Woodstock won’t populate that card meaning the earliest the world title hopeful could appear is July 17.

A full traditional camp may not be possible, but the former Irish and BBBofC Celtic champ is confident he will be fit and ready.

“Obviously the gyms have been shut and it’s been hard with family and having to work, but I’ve been keeping on top of my running.”

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