Irish go for revenge on French

22 June 2010 – Press Release

Ireland’s boxers will be looking to heap further misery on the French this Saturday when recent Prizefighter winner Willie Big Bang Casey and reigning Irish Middleweight Champ, Gary Spike O’Sullivan clash with French opposition on the Yanjing Beer Fight Night at The Neptune Stadium in Cork.

They will join European title contender Andy Murray and the Cork based Cuban trio of Mike The Rebel Perez, Luis The Lion Garcia and Alexei The Hurricane Acosta on a big night of boxing on Leeside for an event that is being billed as The Undefeated’s with all six boxers putting their perfect records on the line.

Limerick native Casey will be having his first fight since scooping the 32,000 top prize at last month’s Prizefighter event in London when he takes on Parisian Faycal Messaoudene while O’Sullivan will have his first outing since winning the Irish title when he takes on Bordeaux’s Sylvain Touzet.

Following France’s World Cup exit, both men are confident of giving Les Bleus further sporting blues on Saturday. I’m looking forward to getting back in the ring and getting back to normal after the Prizefighter win, said Casey who improved his perfect record to 8-0 with his thrilling wins over Prizefighter rivals, Mark Moran, Josh Wale and Paul McElhinney.

“I know I still have a lot to learn in the pro ranks but I’m willing to fight anyone, said Casey. The bigger the name and the bigger the reputation the bigger the challenge for me and I’m in this game to see how far I can go.”

One man who believes that Casey can go a long way is former World Champion Barry McGuigan who was ringside at last month’s Prizefighter event. I thought Casey coped brilliantly with the format, said McGuigan. He had three brutal fights but hes a tough kid and his strength and guts earned him the win.

He’s a tough kid, a real throwback. He’s very strong, determined lad and despite coming in at the death he didn’t care about who he was fighting, his self-confidence shone through and it was definitely the best performance I’ve seen in Prizefighter, on what was the most competitive event so far too. He can go on to do some big things, no doubt about that. He’s got a good team behind him and he’s very driven.

Cork native O’Sullivan is another man hoping to go on to big things having beaten Ciaran Healy to claim the Irish Middleweight title in his last outing and he says he can’t wait to fight again in his home city. “I am very hungry to get into the ring right now,” said O’Sullivan.

“I always like to give of my best before the home fans but thats another reason why I need to perform well in Cork. I know the Cubans are taking star billing on the night, but I am the Real Rebel and I will have a big following.”

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