Cork promoter Gary Hyde, the man who has been guiding the professional career of Cuban livewire Guillermo Rigondeaux, knows his onions. So when he predicts that Rigondeaux's last victim, Willie Casey, is on target to claim a European super bantamweight title, it's time to listen up.
"A win for Willie against Kid Galahad in Belfast on November 12 will guarantee him a world top 10 ranking," claims Hyde. "Our plan has been for Willie to have three bouts this year and then be ready to challenge Kiko Martinez for the European title next year."
Following the trauma of his defeat by Rigondeaux in March, Casey got back to winning ways with an eighth-round TKO of Daniel Kodjo Sassou last month. Currently training on the Falls Road with coach Paul McCullagh, Casey will meet Kid Galahad, an unbeaten 21-year-old, on the undercard of the Martin Rogan-Matt Skelton bout.
Galahad effectively ended durable Dubliner Paul Griffin's career with a first-round TKO last month. "He'll be a good opponent," predicts Hyde. "But he's not in Willie's league.
"Willie will drag him into the trenches and give him an awful time."