Date and venue proposed for Anthony Cacace’s delayed British title shot

Anthony Cacace should finally get the chance to dethrone British champion Sam Bowen in November.

‘The Apache’ has been mandatory for the English fighter’s title for some time now and was initially meant to challenge the Frank Warren fighter in London as early as July 13 this year.

The title fight was then pushed back to August 3rd and was scheduled to play on the massive Féile an Phobail card, only for injury to force Bowen to pull out again.

The BBBofC revealed the fight was re-ordered and would play out on a Frank Warren card in the Autumn.

That Autumn date now appears to be November 16rh and the 30-year-old will most likely have to go to Cardiff for the fight.

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“The date is said to be the 16th of November,” Pat Magee, Cacace’s manager told the Irish News.

“The talk is Cardiff because on that date Liam Williams is supposed to be defending his British []middleweight title and Liam Taylor versus Chris Jenkinson  is also said to be on that date.

“So there is more than just Cacace involved here, there are others involved and it’s a show that BT Sports are going to do. We’re just waiting for confirmation now.”

It’s been another frustrating period for a natural talent heralded within boxing circles, but as Magee explains the Belfast fighter was effectively held to ransom by mandatory status.

His team elected against risking a warm up and thus just had to wait for Bowen to return to fitness.

“It’s a fight that Anthony should have had in July,” said Magee.

“He hasn’t boxed since February now but the problem is that when you become mandatory for a British title, if there is any delay it’s very difficult to organise an interim fight because you’re waiting for the other guy to recover and then waiting for a date.

“If he had recovered earlier I would have thought that this fight should have been on the Josh Warrington show on the 12th of October in Leeds – it’s a BT Sport show and I would have thought it would have been ideal. But Bowen didn’t recover in time so we have to accept what Warren is saying and hope it [the November date] is the case.”

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 sport for a living for 19 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