Limerick boxer Willie Casey will fight for a world title next March after agreeing a deal with WBA intrim world champion Guillermo Rigondeaux.
Casey had been due to fight Kiko Martinez in defence of his EBU title but will now vacate that belt in order to fight for the world title. The fight is likely to take place in the City West centre,which has a capacity of around 7,000.
Remarkably Casey has only had 11 professional fights, the latest of which was seeing off Paul Hyland for the European belt in Limerick.
Rigondeaux holds the world title having beaten Ricardo Cordoba on points in Dallas last month.
Casey said: ‘I’m delighted and very grateful that after such a short career I have got all these opportunities. As I have shown so far, the bigger the occasions the better I will get. Ireland has been waiting a while for their next world champion and I am ready to keep that belt here in Ireland. He was a very technical amateur, it will be up to me to stop him doing what he does best which I am confident of doing.’