3 January 2011 – Jonny Stapleton
Boxing freak of nature Guillermo Rigondeaux believes Willie Casey isnt worthy of sharing a ring with the fighter renowned as the greatest amateur of all time.
The two time Olympic gold medallist puts his super bantamweight WBA Interim World title on the line against the fighter he claims Bang is more firework than dynamite on March 19.
And the talented yet cocky Cuban is adamant he will bring an unhappy end to The Cinderella Mans fairy tale story by stopping the pint sized powerhouse within just four rounds of the City West hosted challenge.
The amateur sensation, who turned pro after defecting in 2007, wants to show the Irish public what a true champion is capable off by defusing Big Bang with relative ease.
Counter punch expert Rigondeaux believes Caseys come forward style is tailor made for him and he is adamant he will whip the one trick pony en-route to retaining the belt that once sat proudly around Bernard Dunnes waist.
Speaking about the fight for the first time the 30-year-old,who also captured a pair of World Championship titles during his incredible 243-4 amateur career, said.
Casey doesnt belong in the same ring as me, he said.
I do admire his courage for wanting to fight me. I will knock out Casey in four rounds. I know a lot of people want to see me fight more rounds. So they can pick some of Casey’s brothers for me to fight after I knock out Little Bang. I am world champion. Casey and all of the fans in attendance will see a true world champion in action March 19.
If Casey thinks Im going to Ireland to lose my world title belt, hes making a big mistake because Im going to win, and in sensational fashion. He is tailor-made for me. I watched a couple of rounds of Caseys previous fights and concluded that hes a bit of a one-trick pony.
We are as far apart in class as in residence, make no mistake about that and when the bell rings March 19, that will certainly be evident to all. Im excited about fighting in Ireland again, where I won my first World Championship as an amateur in 2001.
Despite having four pro fights less than his fellow novice, Casey, El Chacal Rigondeaux is certainly favourite going into the bout. The Limerick man, however, has odd defying previous having won Prizefighter and claimed the European title in his meteoric rise to the top.
But the Cubans Irish manager Gary Hyde is confident Casey wont cause an upset this time round.
Willie is a warrior and a managers dream, Hyde noted, but unfortunately for Team Casey, Rigondeaux is unlike any boxer Casey has ever faced. Rigo is a freak of nature! His amateur pedigree is unmatched in boxing history and he has already stamped his unique talent on the professional scene by winning the WBA World Interim Title in just his seventh pro fight, Hyde added before coach Ronnie Shields also predicted a Cuban victory.
Casey is very tough and he appears to have a big heart, Shields added. Once Rigondeaux catches Casey his power will shake him down to his boots. Rigo hits hard for his weight and Casey will be punching the air most of the night because Rigo is also a defensive master. Ive worked with him for his last two fights and we understand each other very well.