Niagara Falls native and junior welterweight contender Nick Casal (22-4-1, 17 KOs) has been global news since word of a brutal attack on him was initially reported on Fightnews.com about week and half ago. To help clear up tons of speculation throughout the media on the incident, Casal gave an exclusive one on one interview to Fightnews.
Nick first of all how are you feeling?
I´m feeling good and looking forward to when I can start training again. My wounds are healing really well.
What are the extent to the injuries that you suffered?
I have over 100 stitches/staples in my head but I am scheduled to have them removed within the next few days.
Can you share any details on what happened when you were attacked?
The attack actually took place in the town of Niagara near Niagara Falls, New York in a driveway and not Buffalo, New York as said by some in the media. I want to make it clear that I was never unconscious during the attack either. I actually got up after the initial hit which came from behind. I actually went home to attend to my injuries under my own power prior to going to the hospital.
What is the latest news regarding your attacker?
He was being sought out by the authorities for about week after the attack. They apprehended him and he is being held without bail. He is being charged with first degree assault which is a felony. From what I´m told this would be his third strike and he would be facing serious time behind bars. He was really trying to end my career and now looking back, even worse I could have lost my life.
Were you given a time frame on when you could resume training?
I will start training again within 2-3 weeks and I think realistically a date in September would be perfect. Hopefully here in the Niagara Falls/Buffalo area but at the end of the day it’s up to my promoter Boxing360.
Anything you want to say in closing?
I want to thank my family, friends, Boxing360, and Fightnews for first breaking the story, and the many fans who all supported me throughout this. It really means a lot. Thank you all for the love and support.