Willie Casey will come on down to the Odyssey Arena to challenge Carl Frampton for the European super bantamweight title on September 10 if the price is right.
The former continental ring king claims he is open to the all Irish European bout and is confident he has the tools to tame the Jackal, but stressed he will only replace Kiko Martinez in the chief support bout to Paul McCloskey’s WBA world title eliminator if he gets a decent offer by tomorrow night.
The Limerick fighter believes he is on course to win back the title he vacated in order to fight for the WBA interim world title last March, and is adamant he doesn’t have to rush back to European level.
Big Bang, who is scheduled to face Daniel Kodjo in Belfast on September 17, but has been offered a bout with Frampton on the tenth, plans to have three fights between now and Christmas before challenging for the famous blue strap in the New Year.
The pint sized power house has no intentions of veering of that game plan unless he receives a worth while offer.
“I am up for fighting Carl Frampton. It would be an exciting fight, but a clash between me and the European champion is going to happen in the New Year regardless. So I don’t really need to rush into it at a weeks notice. That fight is there for me anyway and I can go into it with another training camp under my belt. If Carl and I fought latter in the year or new year we would sell out our own show,” Casey told Mirror Sport.
“That is not to say I wouldn’t take it now if the money was right. I am in boxing to fight. I will fight big fights, small fights, last minute fights. I am fit I have been training for Daniel Kodjo and a fight on September 17 so I am in good shape. If they want me to fight Carl they have to come in with a good offer by Tuesday evening so I can get focused on beating him.”
Whilst Casey stressed he would take the fight he revealed his new coaches in McCullagh’s gym, Belfast would prefer if he stuck to the original strategy.
The McCullagh’s are intent on refining the Big Bang and would like another training camp or two before unleashing a more polished Casey on the European champion.
“I am learning new things everyday up here in Belfast. I am adding a lot more to my game and you will see an improved Willie Casey next time out. I am feeling good and I am as confident as ever. My trainers believe I can beat Carl, but they don’t think there is no need to rush. They would prefer a few more camps with me. They want to work with me further and believe there is no need to jump the gun. They think Kodjo is a perfect opponent for me to come back with and is as much of a risk as fighting Carl.”