Niagara Gazette

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February 5, 2014

Casal to make comeback at Fight on the Falls

Niagara Gazette — Nick Casal doesn’t like to say much about what happened nearly two years ago. He’s more eager to move on and step into the ring later this month for his first bout since October 15, 2011, when he defeated Michael Anderson by technical knockout.

Yet it’s the terrible incident that happened since that fight that makes Casal’s upcoming match more significant. Even more special, it’s happening in his hometown.

When Casal faces Shakha Moore in the main event at Fight on the Falls on Feb. 27, it will be the Niagara Falls native’s first fight since he was viciously assaulted in May 2012.

“I feel great,” said Casal in a news conference hosted in Niagara Falls on Tuesday by fight promoter Pretty Girl Productions. “Things happens for a reason, so... I put it in the past. My training’s going great. I’ve got a good gym to work out of. My head’s good. I feel great.”

It was back in May 2012, just weeks before he was to face Ruslan Provodnikov for the World Boxing Organization’s Intercontinental Title on a nationally televised broadcast, Casal went to the home of this then-girlfriend’s ex-boyfriend in the Town of Niagara. Casal was attacked by at least one assailant and struck several times in the head by what was reportedly either a crowbar or a golf club.

His wounds included a nearly 12-inch gash into the side of his head. Days later, police arrested Michael Vicki and charged him in the attack. He pled guilty to a first-degree assault charge the following January and was sentenced in April 2013 to five years in prison.

Casal survived the attack but it forced promoters to cancel his fight card. His championship shot was gone but it wasn’t long until he was back in the ring to begin training and get back on the path to another title shot.

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