Final fight of 2017 for Irish boxing confirmed

Anto Cacace [15(7)-1(0)] will round off the year for Irish boxing this coming Thursday.

The Belfast super featherweight has secured a short-notice keep-busy bout, and will stay sharp on December 21st in Birmingham.

Cacace has been confirmed for a Black Country Boxing small hall show at the Holiday Inn in the second city, and will fight Nicaraguan journeyman Reynaldo Mora [7(4)-30(9)-1] over six rounds.

The fight will be Cacace’s first since his narrow British and Commonwealth title defeat to Martin J Ward – who last week became European champion with a sixth round stoppage of Juli Giner in the chief support bout of Katie Taylor’s world title defence against Jessica McCaskill.

‘The Apache’ had been due to return to the ring earlier this month in a major fight, but saw this proposed bout fall through.

Thursday’s fight now gives the 28 year old an opportunity to ready himself for an assault on an exciting domestic scene in 2018, with plenty of big fights in a division which also includes the likes of Jono Carroll, James Tennyson, Declan Geraghty, and the returning John Joe Nevin.

In his only previous bout against Irish opposition, back in September 2015, Mora was outpointed over six by Dubliner Jamie Kavanagh.

The card in two days time is headlined by a middleweight clash between Tom Stokes and Nicky Jenman.

Cacace is the last Irish pro fighter in action this year, with TJ Doheny our only other remaining boxer with a fight scheduled. The Portlaoise super bantamweight has an IBF final eliminator tomorrow morning in Thailand against Mike Tawatchi.


Joe O'Neill

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