Casey targeting titles instead of hanging up his gloves

By Jonny Stapleton

It was talk of titles and big fights rather than retirement after Willie ‘Big Bang’ Casey brought a fittingly explosive end to a entertaining Emerald Road House fight card in Belfast on Saturday night.

The Limerick puncher registered the shows fourth first round knockout, dispatching David Kanalas in just over two minutes, and quickly revealed his intention to fight any willing big name super bantamweight in 2012.


Frustrated by a lack of inactivity the former European champion admitted hanging up is gloves had entered his thoughts ahead of Saturday’s bout.

However, immediately after having his hand raised, Casey out lined his 2012 fight planes and retirement certainly wasn’t on the to do list.

The former World title challenger hopes to fight for a ’significant’ title in April and told the likes of Carl Frampton, Kid Gallahad and Kiko Martinez to get in touch if they want to get it on.

“I am a family man and sometimes you get frustrated being away from home, especially when not much is happening. That retirement talk was more a heat of the moment statement. Although the article in the Mirror did prompt positive discussions with the promoters,” joked Casey.

“There are big fights out there and I am open to them all. I said it from the start of my career you can get me in with all the journey men you want and the same thing that happened tonight will happen. I don’t mean that in a disrespectful way, but when the big bang comes they go. I want the big fights. Tell all the big super bantamweight fighters out there I want them and to get in touch.”

“We are looking at a possible title fight in Dublin in April now.  It will be a well respected title. It won’t be a Mickey mouse one.   Thankfully Emerald Promotions are on board with us and they are going to bang out the shows.”

Casey was keen to point to a positive future after his second win since loosing to the greatest amateur of all time Guillermo Rigondeaux last March.

However ‘Big Bang’ did take time to reflect on the clash and his preparations.

“I just walked him down. When I let the shots go they were are a bit too much for him. The shots that where thrown in there tonight would have been to much for anyone to handle.  I was out of the ring a good while so I was trying to get rid of a bit of rust. I am sharpening up. I am ready to go,” Casey added before talking about the team ethic behind Emerald Promotions.

We all help each other here in Emerald Promotions. We train in the same gym. We will  all work together and lead the way to better things. It helps to have a team atmosphere. We work together in the gym and push each other.”


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