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Anthony Cacace returns for title eliminator with trash-talking Joseph Laryea

Anthony Cacace in action against Martin J Ward (right) during their British Super-Featherweight title clash last July
Andy Watters

ANTHONY Cacace takes on trash-talking former world title contender Joseph Laryea in a final eliminator for the Commonwealth Super-Featherweight title at the Macron Stadium, Bolton on Saturday, May 12.

Ghanaian Laryea lost a WBO challenge to Ricky Burns back in 2011 but is on a seven-fight winning streak. He warned yesterday that he intends to “finish off” Belfast stylist Cacace when the pair face-off as chief support to Sam Sexton versus Hughie Fury, live on Channel 5.

“I'm coming to Bolton to win and finish off Cacace,” he said.

“He does not deserve a second shot at the Commonwealth title (Cacace lost against Martin Ward last July). He had his chance and blew it, I'm going to destroy him and show that he is underserving of fighting for it again.”

Cacace, who won a Celtic title during his time with Barry McGuigan's Cyclone Promotions, is desperate to get back into action and is determined to see off Laryea and guarantee his shot at the Commonwealth title.

“I realise now the mistake I made in not making certain I won the Ward fight decisively,” said ‘Anto'.

“I thought my cleaner punching won the contest.

“I was never hurt at any stage but I could have been more busy and aggressive in the later rounds.

“I'm bitter because Ward has gone on to win the EBU title and his next fight is an Eliminator for the WBA world title.

“That should be me. I'm being given a second chance here and I won't let my team down. I'm grateful to Mick Hennessy for this unexpected opportunity to prove myself on the big stage.”

Since the loss to Ward, Cacace defeated Nicaraguan Reynaldo Mora, dropping him in the third and fourth rounds of their six-rounder in Birmingham.

Fighting out of Accra, Laryea has put together a hot unbeaten seven fight run with five stoppages and could throw a spanner in Cacace's plans.

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