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Anthony Cacace meets fans at unveiling of mural celebrating world championship win – The Irish News

Anthony Cacace meets fans at unveiling of mural celebrating world championship win – The Irish News

World boxing champion Anthony Cacace has joined his fans in unveiling a new mural dedicated to the fighter in his hometown of west Belfast.

Cacace, who became the first Irish boxer to win the IBF super-featherweight title when he defeated Joe Cordina in Saudi Arabia in May, joined the crowd on Tuesday night for the unveiling of the mural in Andersonstown.

Known as the Andersonstown Apache, Cacace (35) met fans, signed autographs and posed for photos during the event, which took place before the start of intensive training for his next fight in September.

IBF champion Anthony Cacace meets young fans at Tuesday’s mural unveiling in Andersonstown. PHOTO: COLM LENAGHAN

The mural, located in the South Link, depicts Cacace with his IBF championship belt and his IBO super featherweight championship belt, and is based on a photo of the fighter after his victory at the Kingdom Arena in Riyadh.

Cacace learned the sweet science at Holy Trinity Boxing Club in west Belfast and its founder Mickey Hawkins said the community was thrilled to see their champion back on the streets of Andersonstown and his historic victory commemorated on a mural.

“It was a fantastic turnout and the community is very proud of Anthony and what he has achieved,” he told the Irish News.



“He has a lot of time for his fans, and spent a lot of time talking to everyone and taking photos. He is so down to earth, and is a great role model for young people in the area, who are truly inspired by his success.

“Anthony will now head to Italy for a few weeks where he will begin training, before returning to Belfast and stepping up his training ahead of September when he faces Josh Warrington at Wembley Stadium in London.”