ANTHONY Cacace played matador with a Spaniard and cruised to victory in the Odyssey Arena on Saturday night.
The Belfast super featherweight eased to an 80-71 win over Santiago Bustos to push his record to 11-0.
Just like his Spanish stable mate, Roberto Palenzuela- Conrad Cummings foe-, Bustos came to Belfast with a winning record and an admirable chin, but he was outclassed by a classy Cacace.
From the off Cacace showed flashes of quality and looks like someone to whom boxing comes natural to. He had supreme footwork, a cool approach and had impressive variety to his work.
He won every round bar the last without having to take a shot of note and had his opponent down in the third. An uppercut from the master of angles rattled Bustos, but he was helped to the canvas by a push.
There was power as well as panache on display, but we didn’t see the devastating one punch KO ability the former Irish champion is rumoured to be displaying in the gym.
Possibly because Bustos is teak tough and because the 26 year old hurt his hand as early as the second stanza. Either way the doing eight rounds might prove beneficial as ‘Apache’ looks to take some big scalps later in the year.