‘Forgotten man’ Anthony Cacace looks to have been handed a chance to return to the super featherweight reckoning.
The Belfast fighter has long since been hailed as a natural talent with the ability to reach world level, but has had to watch as the likes of James Tennyson and Jono Carroll have gone on to secure a world title fight and a world title eliminator respectively.
However, ‘The Apace’ has been handed a chance to open up a pathway to the top level as the EBU have ordered he challenge for the EU title.
Cacace it seems was always in pole position to challenge for the vacant strap that all but hands you mandatory status for the EBU European title James Tennyson stopped former Cacace foe Martin J Ward to win before vacating to challenge for the IBF world title in Boston next month- and today the EBU ordered he fight Dominican names Ruddy Encarnacion as an opponent.
The Pat Magee managed puncher has until October 11 to agree terms with the former title holder or the fight will go to purse bids.
Cacace is said to have British and Commonwealth options, but the EU route seems the more attractive. Victory over Encarnacion will put in him in pole to challenge the winner of Samir Ziani and Juli Giner who have to trade leather for the EBU title vacated by Tennyson before November is done.
Whats good news for Cacace could be bad news for Marco McCullough. McCullough was scheduled to fight Encarnacion live on Boxnation on October 5.
The former EU champion may now pull out to ensure another shot at the title. It remains unsure as to whether the EBU will allow him to fight Cacace if he was to suffer defeat against next week and he may not want to take the risk.
It would be harsh on the Shankill man as he first saw a mouthwatering fight with Declan Geraghty fall through only believe he had secured a decent replacement.