Anthony Cacace Called Out By Alex Dilmaghani For End Of Year Clash
Belfast’s Anthony Cacace (20-1) won the IBO Super Featherweight championship with a tight split-decision verdict over the previously unbeaten Italian, Michael Magnesi (21-1) on the Joyce Parker undercard.
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Cacace had scores 116-112 (Steve Gray) and 117-113 (Benoit Roussel) in his favour with Magnesi getting a surprising 4-round lead on Pawel Kardyni’s card. Most people ringside had Cacace winning by about 4-5 rounds.
Magnesi put pressure on Cacace from the first bell and it was very competitive until around six rounds when the pace slowed and the cleaner, more eye-catching, work of Cacace started to take the rounds. Cacace better found his range in the second half instead of fighting Magnesi’s fight which is up close and more of a brawl.
The Northern Irish fighter has not competed in over 12 months since he dropped and convincingly outpointed Leon Woodstock (12-2) to make the first defence of his British 130-pound championship.
‘The Apache’ was meant to return Nov 6 in Birmingham but a hand injury ruled him out. Cacace then had a big opportunity to appear on the Tyson Fury vs Dillian Whyte mega show at Wembley Stadium but his bout with Jonathon Romero got cancelled on fight week due to the Colombian’s visa issues.
Anthony Cacace vs Alex Dilmaghani
However, things may be swinging in Cacace’s luck in the latter part of this year as domestic rival Alex Dilmaghani (20-2-1) has called out Cacace for a December fight.
It would be a quick turnaround for Cacace but it may give him another opportunity to fight on a Tyson Fury card and potentially the undercard of the biggest fight in British boxing history.
Should that not be the case, Dilmaghani has stated he would come to Belfast to face Cacace, giving Cacace his long-awaited homecoming.
Dilmaghani is mandatory for Cacace’s British title and per the BBBofC, an “agreement being reached between the parties (Cacace and Dilmaghani)” has avoided purse bids.
Cacace vs Dilmaghani will be promoted by Frank Warren’s Queensberry Promotions. Dilmaghani is ‘ready to sign’ for the fight which appears to be targeted for the month of December.