By Bob Caico
Promoter Nick Garone of X-Cel Worldwide has proudly signed heavy-handed Niagara Falls, New York, super lightweight prospect Nick “Hands of Gold” Casal (19-4-1, 15 KOs) to a multi-year promotional deal.
“Nick Casal has all the natural talent you could hope for,” admits Garone. “But as he found out in his last few fights, that’s only part of the equation. Training and dedication have to be there as well. I’ve had a long talk with him and we’ve come to an agreement to get him back where he belongs in boxing: as one of the hottest and most exciting young prospects in the entire sport.”
Casal has moved back to his hometown of Niagara Falls and is once again trained by his father , Ray, at the family gym. “Nick Garone treated us real well during the last card in Buffalo so we are excited to be part of X-Cel Worldwide,” said the proud father.
Garone says that part of his plan to bring Casal back to contention is to feature him in a series of shows in the Buffalo/Niagara area where boxing is making a big come back. “Nick (Garone) works hard for his kids and we believe that is what Nick (Casal) needs right now to get his career back on track,” said Ray Casal. Casal will fight at 140 pounds where all parties concerned believe is his best weight.
“When a young fighter hits a rough patch like that and battles some personal problems in and out of the ring, you need to bring him back slowly and help him remind himself why everyone was so high on his potential. And you do that by putting him in the right fights and by letting him feed off the energy of his fans and their dedication,” said Garone.
Casal’s first appearance under the X-Cel Worldwide promotional banner is scheduled for November 6th in Buffalo, NY, with an opponent yet to be announced. Also to appear on the card in Buffalo are Meacher Major (16-3-1) and Dorin Spivey (35-6) who will be vie-ing for the NABA lightweight belt.
Buffalo’s fast rising prospect Guillermo Sanchez (10-0) will battle Jose L. Guzman (5-5-1) in an eight round contest for the NYS featherweight title. Kenny Abril (9-3-1) of Rochester, Lionel Thompson (1-0), Excell Holmes (1-0) and Greg Brady (debut) of Buffalo will round out the slate.
Contact: Nick Garone – www.championsofboxing.com for ticket information