Anthony Cacace finally put Lyon Woodstock in his rearview mirror at the Birmingham Arena tonight thanks to a quality performance on the Night Of Champions map.

if (typeof __ez_fad_position! = ‘undefined’) {__ ez_fad_position (‘div-gpt-ad-irish_boxing_com-medrectangle-3-0’)}; Over a year after the pair was originally planned to trade in leather and on the fourth scheduled appointment the Belfast Super Featherweight revealed he was above the former Commonwealth title challenger on a BT Sports bill.

There was confidence and sheer class from a fighter who is often referred to as one of Ireland’s most gifted fighters.

In fact, the Quicksilver talent retained his British super feather title, which displays the kind of unique ability that has led many deep in Irish boxing circles to argue that he holds world titles.

if (typeof __ez_fad_position! = ‘undefined’) {__ ez_fad_position (‘div-gpt-ad-irish_boxing_com-box-4-0’)}; Cacace dropped the aptly named ‘Lion’ and unpacked it for a To get 117-110, gain 117-110, 117-111 points, his title and reputation have improved a lot.

Some will consider that Woodstock’s bold approach made him the former Irish champion, but even then, Cacace stood out.

His shot selection, range control, general ring IQ, and natural skills helped him shine under the added spotlight created by the top of the bill – and should ensure he stays a headline headline at BT Sports.

“The Apache,” as it predicted, showed no signs of ring rust or harmful effects from an almost two-year hiatus. The 32-year-old had timing and distance back in the first lap, his ability proved to be too much for the aggressive Woodstock.

After winning the first, he put pressure on the second early on, letting go in the first minute of the verse with twirls. Not only did it confirm his superiority, but it was also the first indication of a possible disruption. if (typeof __ez_fad_position! = ‘undefined’) {__ ez_fad_position (‘div-gpt-ad-irish_boxing_com-banner-1-0’)};

A nice uppercut that landed in a cacace that finished third, underlined the difference between a determined challenger and a classic champion.

In the fourth, Cacace showed the kind of skill and strength that spare him, including BT expert Carl Frampton, who often praises him by saying “The Lion” with a nicely timed left hook, a shot called for his corner between rounds.

To his credit, however, the ever-played Woodstock rose to its feet and seemed intent on fighting on. In fact, he came out on the fifth throw and tried to force the problem, but the Belfast fighter was happy to make him miss and pay. By the end of the sixth it was clear that Woodstock needed something special to win the fight.

As announced, he kept trying to push the action but British title hopes continued to punish his progress. The pattern continued when an affair between cunning and courage developed. The promoted man from Leicester showed heart but had no answers about the class and quality of the champion.

117-110117-110117-111 # AndStill British Super-Featherweight Champion @ AntoC6 🏆A big show of respect at the end with @LyonWoodstockJr 👏 # FightNightLive

Cacace had the distance measured and his shot selection and his approach to the switches underscored his class – not to mention the fighter who admitted not always living life showed no signs of fatigue. Indeed, he looked a gear change away from a standstill, the Harry Hawkins-trained fighter stepped on the clutch in eleventh gear and shifted up a gear, but again Woodstock showed why he is called “The Lion”.

In the last round, even Cacace fans would have been happy when Woodstock’s courage was rewarded with the sight of the last bell, and it was.

The performance and the platform it was played on, more than the result, should open doors for the Belfast hunter and it will be interesting to see what Frank Warren has planned for him next.

if (typeof __ez_fad_position! = ‘undefined’) {__ ez_fad_position (‘div-gpt-ad-irish_boxing_com-large-leaderboard-2-0’)}; While Cacace closed the show in style, Willo Hayden opened it with another Irish win and a six-round points win on his debut. employee for 15 years and editor for the past ten years. I’ve been boxing for over 16 years and have been writing about sports professionally for 19 years.

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