Anthony Cacace Decisions Leon Woodstock; Wants Archie Sharp Next

Anthony Cacace Cruises By Leon Woodstock

Anthony Cacace with the BBBofC title over his shoulder.
Anthony Cacace

Anthony Cacace Scores a Unanimous Decision Win Over Outclassed Leon Woodstock


A key domestic showdown took place at the Birmingham Arena in Birmingham, England as Anthony “The Apache” Cacace put the BBBofC British junior lightweight title on the line against Leon “The Lion” Woodstock.

Cacace is a well-rounded switch-hitter and an excellent counter-puncher. Preferring to keep the fight on the outside, the product of Belfast, Northern Ireland can adapt, stand center-ring, and trade. A slight issue may be inactivity. In his previous outing in November 2019, the 32-year-old scored a close win over Sam Bowen to win the British title. Ranked 6th by the WBA and 14th by the IBF, he looks to retain his title and continue on the upward tick in the world rankings.

Woodstock has the mindset of a warrior outside the ring and carries that attitude when he steps through the ropes. However, the 28-year-old from London, England, looks to rebound following a decision loss to Zelfa Barrett in June 2019.

This is a contest between the boxer in Cacace versus the rugged, attacking Woodstock. With both men coming off a long period of inactivity, the key could be who is quicker to shake off the ring rust.

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FAR TOO MUCH SKILL

Both men spent the first round feeling each other out. The second round saw Cacace (19-1, 7 KOs) start to find his groove. He used excellent head movement, feints, and footwork to create openings and land with sharp counter shots.

Twenty seconds into round four, Cacace put Woodstock (12-3, 5 KOs) on the seat of his trunks with a beautiful counter 45-degree left hook. The underdog was trying hard and competing. Unfortunately, he tends to fight one way and is limited with his attack.

The tone set in the fourth by Cacace continued during the middle rounds and later. He was very comfortable in there, doing whatever he pleased. Pundits in Northern Ireland believe he’s arguably the most skilled fighter in the country. He was displaying that talent in this fight. Pride and heart kept Woodstock going. He was getting outclassed up until the final bell.

Cacace cruised down the stretch, knowing the fight was in the bag. Overall, it was a fairly impressive performance as he won by an easy unanimous decision (117-110, 117-110, 117-111).

After the win, he called for a fight against WBO number two ranked junior lightweight Archie Sharp.

By: Michael Wilson Jr.

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