Opponent confirmed for Anthony Cacace’s first British title defence

Anthony Cacace [18(7)-1(0)] will make the first defence of his British super featherweight title against Lyon Woodstock[12(5)-2(0)].

As reported by Irish-boxing.com previously the Belfast talent will populate one of Frank Warrren’s behind closed doors BT Sports broadcast studio shows.

Queensbury confirmed as much todaywhen announcing a new series of shows that will run across the summer months.

The promotional outfit, who signed the Pat Magee trained fighter after he dethroned Sam Bowen in November, also revealed the champions opponent and challenger.

‘The Apache’ will face Leon Woodstock on a yet to be confirmed date.

While it’s not quite a gimme’ the Hackney native is probably the least threatening promotional stablemate Cacace could have faced. The 24-year-old has lost to Archie Sharp and more recently to Zelfa Barrett and a peak Cacace would be favoured to add a third career defeat his resume.

In that regard a fighter, who has had his fair share of frustration and misfortune, will be delighted to get a high profile bill topping TV broadcast winnable fight.

It’s a chance for the former Emerald Warriors and Cyclone Promotions fighter to show his wares in the spotlight, out do the likes of WBO#3 Sharp and take a step toward bigger fights.

As stated, Warren today announced the series and three British title fights, but didn’t specify a date for Cacace.

“I am thrilled to inform the fans that the wait for live boxing to return is coming to an end,” said promoter Warren. “It has been a long haul and a trying time for everyone but we can now see the first flicker of light at the end of the tunnel.

“I am so excited to get going again after a period of unprecedented planning and detail to get to where we are. Unfortunately boxing without fans at the venue is the new, but I am sure temporary, normal and we have made it our business to bring the sport back at the earliest opportunity in line with government guidelines regarding health and safety protocols.

“Our opening show on July 10 is just for starters and we will be looking to go bigger and better as we move along in our summer season that will see us deliver at least five TV shows.

“Across these dates it is our intention to showcase highly competitive fights between hungry young domestic fighters and increase the stakes from show to show. No easy fights, just British boxing as it should be.

“I am also looking forward to seeing our unparalleled crop of brilliant young fighters step up the risk levels and really make the most of what will be huge exposure for them across the BT Sport platforms.”

Carl Frampton and Michael Conlan will also fight on the summer series and Irish-boxing.com believes Caoimhin Agyarko will also appear.

It will be interesting to see if Warren’s two new Irish signings Jason Harty or Edward Donovan debut live on BT or if John Joyce will trade leather for a third time on the series.

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