31 January 2011 – Jonny Stapleton
Willie Casey plans to prove that will can win out over skill when he challenges Guillermo Rigondeaux for his WBA super bantamweight world title in City West on March 19.
The Limerick native, who went eye ball to eye ball with the Cuban amateur sensation in Thomond Park yesterday, is currently a massive underdog ahead of the much hyped showdown.
Big Bang, however has odds defying previous and has warned the man regarded as one of the best amateurs to ever compete, that fighting without the vest and head gear is much tougher.
Irish boxings Cinderella man, who was advised by co promoter Don OLeary to pay heed to the Munster rugby teams Stand and Deliver motto, claims he will do his utmost to complete his sensational rise from boxing rags to riches.
Casey(11-0), who like Rigondeaux (7-0) is a relative pro-novice, wants to ensure the title Bernard Dunne took off Ricardo Cordoba will make Ireland its home once more.
I am honoured to be challenging for this title and to be following in the footsteps of Bernard Dunne and all the other Irish world title challengers. Rigondeaux is a great fighter a brilliant amateur and he has done well to win the world title in just seven fights. But as they say you can take the fighter out of the amateurs but you cant take the amateur out of the boxer, Casey said of the mouth-watering fight.
I will train as hard as I can to keep this belt in Ireland. We have to be wary of Rigo, he is a class operator and a very skilful boxer. But this isnt the amateurs skill isnt everything here. I will show him what its like to be in a fight and I will never give up. Fight and determination count for a lot in boxing and I have lots of that. I will keeping coming and after the sixth round hopefully we can do some damage.
Over 3000 tickets for the fight have already been sold and the remaining 1200 are available from www.ticketgroup.ie or any X-tra Vision store from today on.