1 June 2010 – Press Release
Willie ‘Big Bang’ Casey has targeted the European title after winning Prizefighter Super-Bantamweights title in a night of thrilling action, drama and controversy at Londons York Hall.
Casey, 28, from Limerick, claimed the 32,000 winner’s prize with a unanimous points victory over Scottish substitute Paul McElhinney.
McElhinney got his chance in the final after Welshman Ricky Owen was left in tears after a bad cut sustained during his semi-final win denied him a final appearance.
This victory means Im up there at the top of the division and Ive proved I can be with the best, said a delighted Casey, who entered Prizefighter as a short-notice replacement after Wayne McCullough withdrew injured.
I only came here with five fights on my record but I beat everyone against all the odds.
It was a great opportunity and if a big fight comes up then I will always take it. Prizefighter came along and without hesitation I accepted it.
I was a bit edgy before the start as I normally come on stronger in the later rounds but then I had a fast start in my first fight.
I showed a lot of character and that I have a big heart as there were some great lads in this.
The best in Britain were in this competition including Esham Pickering and Jamie Arthur but Im the one left standing.
Who knows what the future holds? I might get a shot at the European title after winning Prizefighter. Im very proud of everything Ive done.