By David Boyle: Willie Big Bang Casey arrived onto the professional boxing scene, like a whirlwind rising up through the ranks, having won Prizefighter and the European Title in quick succession.
In the City West Hotel Dublin Casey got the chance to fight for the World Super Bantamweight title, against Cuban sensation Guillermo Rigondeaux. However,any hopes of an Irish revival at super bantamweight went out with a Bang as the Cuban showed way too much class for Casey finishing him after only 2:38 of the first round.
Having been so venomous in winning prizefighter and the European title the whole of the country seemed to be getting the Casey buzz and not really understanding the task he had in front of him.
Coming into the ring Casey looked tense and seemed to be letting the occasion get the better of him. Rigondeaux was completely contrasting looking cool and calm.
From the opening bell Casey tried to be clever with head movement and working the jab something that seems to have been added in training camp, instead of wading in all guns blazing. However wading in was probably his only hope and once he slowed it down a bit to try be clever it gave Rigondeaux the time he needed to unleash his arsenal and boy did he do just that.
After one minute Rigondeaux had Casey hurt with a crisp left to the body that sent Willie onto the back foot, and once that happened the fight was over. Rigondeaux stepped forward throwing bombs, wide hooks and uppercuts and it wasn’t long before Casey tasted the canvas with a stinging uppercut driven straight up through Casey’s guard and detonating on his chin. Willie did well to get up and was rewarded with another barrage of blows and a overhand left dropping Casey once again. The courage Casey showed was a credit to him but it wasn’t long before the referee stepped in to stop the fight when Rigondeaux continued his onslaught.
Casey showed real class in defeat and will be back again but world level was a step too soon for the Limerick man.
Fitzgerald wins in controversy
On the undercardAnthony Fitzgerald became the new EBA middleweight champion having stopped Affif Belghecham in the fifth round.
Fitzgerald started the fight in great fashion pushing his man back on the ropes for long periods and land solid shots that were superb to watch. Belghecham having gone the distance with Andy Lee previously and caused the Limerick man so trouble late on gave a good account of himself throughout but was dropping rounds due to Anthony’s volume of punch’s.
However, the fight turned ugly in the fifth. Affif started to back Fitzgerald up only for the Irishman to unleash a barrage of punches that pushed his opponant onto the ropes and forcing him to cover up.
However, Affif was covering up well and having seen him box before and knowing how tough he was he was never going to give in.
In this reporter’s view he has was no danger of getting stopped but the referee jumped in and stopped the contest 52 seconds into the fifth round. Belghecham went crazy and punched the referee numerous times afterwards in his rage., but to his credit he had every right to be angered as even though he was losing he was competitive and knowing him he probably would have come on strong in the later round.
Fitzgerald deserves his dues and he fought a great fight and will be a test for anyone of the top guys in the middleweight division if he is given time to develop.
March 21, 2011