Casey closing in on European title shot


10/08/2010

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PRIZEFIGHTER Super Bantamweight winner makes it a perfect ten in Dublin

Willie "Big Bang" Casey made it ten wins in ten fights as he continued to build on the success of his Prizefighter Super Bantamweight earlier this year.


Willie Casey with the Prizefighter trophy

Casey scored a points win over Italian Emilio Salvini at the CityWest Hotel in Dublin on Saturday 7 August to keep his 100 per cent record intact and moved up to number nine in the European rankings. The victory over Salvini was the 28 year-old's second win since his stunning victory at Prizefighter in May, where he came in as a replacement for Wayne McCullough and lifted the trophy with victory over Paul McElhinney at York Hall, knocking out Frenchman Faycal Messaoudene in Cork one month later.

After securing the eight round victory 80-72, Casey said that he wants a shot at the European title against either Kiko Martinez or Arsen Martirosyan who fight for the vacant European belt in Dublin on September 11.

"I am going after whichever one wins between Martinez and Martirosyan," said Casey. "I want that European title now and they have no excuses. I'm ranked number nine in Europe so they can't avoid me."

"Will I beat either of them? It's all on the performance on the night. If I fight like that ever time then no one if going to keep up with me," said Casey.

"He was a very experienced guy and very tough, but that was exactly what I wanted," said Willie Casey of Saturday's Italian opponent. "I wanted him to bring out the best in me. I could have rushed myself and tried to finish it, but I didn't. I paced myself, relaxed myself and let the power and the shots come. I caught him with a lot of big bangs and he still survived. It was a great eight rounds - eight rounds for Kiko Martinez," said a confident Casey.

"I did enough to win each round. I didn't have to go all out with him. There were one of two occasions when I saw the finish and I still didn't go after it because he was coming back with his own shots after he got caught so I had to be careful as well."

"I caught him with a few big bangs over the top, but I never followed up on the big shots. I just kept my pace and it was working for me. I didn't need to work more," Casey recalled of the fight.


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