“I think I’m going to knock him out” – Anto Cacace predicts early night against Martin J Ward

Anto Cacace [15(7)-0] believes he will knock Martin J Ward out and fulfill his career ambition when the pair finally meet for the British super featherweight title this Summer.

Long-time mandatory challenger and current BBBoC Celtic champion Cacace is due to face the reigning champ before the end of June, with purse bids due by next Wednesday.

Matchroom’s Ward [17(8)-0-2], who has successfully defended the belt he won against Andy Townend with points victories over Ronnie Clark and Maxi Hughes, has stated that he intends to defend against Cacace as he seeks to claim the Lord Lonsdale belt outright.

Southpaw Cacace, who knocked out Clark for the Celtic belt, however believes that he will have too much punching power for the Leeds boxer, and is anticipating an inside-the-distance win when the two eventually meet in the ring.

The Apache, speaking today while collecting the Eddie Shaw Memorial Trophy, explained to UTV that “I’d love to be a world champion but, before I turned pro, my ambition was to win a British title.”

“No disrespect to Martin J Ward, he’s a great fighter but I believe I’ve just got that extra bit of power at this stage and I think I’m going to knock him out.”

On the prestigious award from the British Boxing Board of Control Northern Ireland Area council, the Andersonstown man said that “it means a lot, obviously the names who have won it before, Carl [Frampton], Brian Magee, both former world champions, it’s a dream come true. I would like to get there myself.”

Negotiations are expected this week between Eddie Hearn’s Matchroom and Cacace’s manager Pat Magee, with Belfast’s Magee stating his desire to have the bout to the Titanic City through Sky Sports or otherwise.

Joe O'Neill

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