August 5 Jonny Stapleton
Willie Casey claims the winner of Kiko Martinez and Carl Frampton’s September 10 European super bantamweight title clash will have to fight him come the New Year.
Casey fittingly plans to come back from the World title defeat he suffered in March with a Big Bang and victory over Daniel Kodjo on September 3, before fighting twice more in Limerick before Christmas.
And the Southhill slugger says after three more wins he will be in EBU pole and the winner of one of the most eagerly anticipated bouts to take place this year will have to put the continental title on the line against him.
The former European champ wants the title he vacated back and has no preference as to who he has to face to get it.
“It doesn’t matter which one of them wins on September 10. If we decide we want the EBU title in the new year I will be eligible for the belt and they will have to fight me. They won’t be able to avoid me and I don’t think they would either. Willie Casey against either is a massive fight. You have to remember I never lost that title I gave it up,” Casey told Mirror Sport.
Casey was initially to defend the famous blue strap with Irish previous, considering Bernard Dunne once owned the belt, against Martinez having beaten Paulie Hyland in the first ever all Irish European title fight last November.
But the Gary Hyde managed star elected to take the World title route and ultimately lost to potential pound for pound Champion Guillermo Rigondeaux in City West inMarch.
Team Martinez openly expressed their disgust that Casey had reneged on a verbal agreement to a another Spain Irish dust up and are adamant they will never give the Limerick man a second chance at the title.
Casey, however claims fear and not bad blood is the only reason ‘Mini Tyson’ and his team are not open to a Martinez Casey dust up.
“If they are not interested in fighting me it is because they are afraid. They can use all the excuses they want, but it can only be fear. Kiko pulled out of our first fight and I fought Paulie. I was then meant to fight Kiko but there was no scheduled date and I took the world title fight when the opportunity came. If I had have won that I would have given Kiko my first defence. I am sure the Irish public will see me and Kiko in the ring one time or another.”
Like most the former Prizefighter winner, who highlighted Rendall Munore Scott Quigg as the European stanard bearers in the super bantamweight division, is struggling to predict the out come of Martinez Frampton, but believes if the Belfast prospect gets his tactics right he could become the third Irish man to take the belt.
“Frampton could win it. He is good enough to beat anyone in the division. He is strong and he has a lot of boxing skill. He is suited for the pro game. He is good enough to beat Kiko and take the belt, but Kiko is very experienced he is tough and strong. It depends on Carl’s game plan and how he executes its.”