BUSY Willie 'Big Bang' Casey is aiming for his 10th straight win when he takes on experienced Italian Emiliano Salvini on a Dolphil promotion at Citywest Hotel on August 7.
"I'm feeling in great shape and I'm ready for the step up in class. World titles are what I'm after, so I want to pick up the pace and start mixing with the ranked lads," said the Limerick super-bantamweight.
Salvini, rated No9 in Europe, has already fought for a European title, losing on points to Malik Bouziane last November. He has a record of 13 wins, 11 defeats and one draw.
Pacquiao might quit to 'focus' on politics
MANNY Pacquiao is seriously considering hanging up his gloves to concentrate on his role as a member of the Philippines' House of Representatives.
"It depends, but this fight (against Floyd Mayweather Jr) may be my last, so I can focus on giving service to the people," he said.
Pacquiao's promoter, Bob Arum, says Manny has agreed to the demands of Mayweather's team with regard to drug testing. But there is still a lot of negotiating to be done before the fight happens.
Guzman lightens up
FORMER two-weight world champion Joan Guzman, who has a history of struggling to make weight for fights, says he has settled on campaigning in the light-welterweight division.
The 34-year-old from the Dominican Republic is unbeaten in 31 fights and an undeniable talent, but it remains to be seen if he has the self-discipline to stick to his vow.
Tyson on Comic strip
MIKE Tyson is due to link up with William Shatner, Star Trek's Captain Kirk, at this weekend's London Film and Comic Con at Earls Court.
Tyson, who appeared in the hit comedy The Hangover, will sign autographs and take part in a photo session, while Shatner will give a talk at the event organised by Showmasters.
Quote of the week
"I still aim to be Ireland's first heavyweight champion of the world. I fear no one in the division and I will be fitter than ever when I return." -- Belfastman Martin Rogan, hoping for the medical all-clear following treatment for his shoulder injury. That would allow him to return to the ring in September.