6 January 2011 – Jonny Stapleton
Dolphil Promotions are promising that unlike their prize asset Willie Casey they will not be making any shortcuts especially when it comes to putting an undercard together for Ireland’s Cinderella Mans World title tilt.
Limericks very own Big Bang has literally exploded onto the international boxing scene after just 11 fights, and could complete a sensational fighting rags to riches story if he defeats Guillermo Rigondeaux and collects the WBA interim World title in March.
But unlike the pint sized powerhouses fast track approach to boxing, Dolphil are eager to take their time when putting together a quality Citywest hosted card on March 19. Dolphil are confident they can compliment one of the biggest fights Ireland has seen with the best ever card the country has witnessed.
The infamous Facebook bout between Dubliner Ian Timms and Mayos Michael Sweeney is the first of what Dolphil promises will be a number of Irish title fights confirmed.
Wild Card prospect Dean Byrne is rumoured to be fighting on the show whilst Oisin Fagan is hoping to secure a title bout on the undercard of Caseys tilt after coming out of retirement.
With the first batch of early-bird tickets sold out in less then a week ticket sales re-opened yesterday and Dolphil Promotions are boldly promising the greatest night of boxing ever held in Ireland.
We will be putting the best card ever seen in Ireland behind the Casey v Rigondeaux fight, claimed Daniel Halpin Don (OLeary) today confirmed that Ian Timms will fight Micheal Sweeney for the Irish Cruiserweight Title, and that is just one of multiple title fights were looking at. Also with Ireland playing England in the rugby earlier that day makes it all the more special.
Meanwhile Casey returns to camp this Monday in preparation for his World Title fight with the Cuban sensation renounced as the greatest amateur that ever lived. The Limerick sensation returns to Head Coach Phil Sutcliffe raring to go and both protg and coach firmly believe an upset is on the cards.
I have been studying Rigondeaux over the holidays said Sutcliffe and while he is an unbelievable talent I think Willie will beat him. Its going to be tough, we have no doubts there but our boy is tougher and he can bang as big as anyone out there.
Bookies have Rigondeaux favourite with Casey 3/1 on upsetting the champion. However team Dolphil are quite content entering the fray as underdogs, a tag Big Bang has thrived under thus far in his short career. The Southill native has odds defying previous winning Prizefighter and claiming the European title in just his 11th bout.
Casey now stands 12 rounds away from becoming Limericks first World Champion and Irelands first champion since Bernard Dunne.
Elsewhere Rigondeaux arrives in Ireland for a week long stay mid-January and Dolphil Promotions have set the 17th January for the press conference which will be held in Willie Caseys own city, Limerick.
Tickets for this historic event are generously fixed at the same price as Collins v Eubank back in 1995. They are available fromwww.ticketgroup.ie priced 50, 70 and 130 ringside.