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Adjusting Caoimhin Agyarko aiming for maiden knockout

Caoimhin Agyarko [2(0)-0] finally kicks his 2019 off this Saturday night in London and feels ready to make strides.

The Belfast middleweight turned pro last year racking up two solid six-round wins and now wants a knockout to add to his record.

Niggles have delayed Agyarko’s start to this year but ‘Black Thunder’ believes he is now adjusted into the pro ranks and is promising a big year where he will move into contention for titles.

It all starts at the Wembley Arena on Saturday and Agyarko is chomping at the bit to get going.

The 22-year-old told Irish-Boxing.com that “training camp has gone brilliantly, everything we have worked on has been put into sparring and everything’s coming together well.”

“I’ve had a slow start to 2019 because of an injury but this camp has been brilliant and I’m looking forward to putting on a punch perfect performance… I feel like I have a bit to prove since I haven’t got the KO yet.”

Against Czech veteran Martin Kabrhel [2(2)-13(6)-1], on paper a weaker opponent than his first two, Agyarko could get his wish.

His debut saw early hand issues prevent him from power punching while Agyarko had his second opponent down twice.

The explosive Irishman could go one better at the weekend and outlined how “I’m just going to go in there and do what Caoimhin Agyarko normally does but I think you will see something different to my game.”

“I’ve adjusted well, I feeling more like a pro now.”

Turning pro with Frank Warren, Agyarko has relocated to Alan Smith’s iBox Gym in Bromley but still spends plenty of time at home where he trains constantly.

The West Belfast prospect described how “when I’m home I’ve been training with Dee Walsh, it’s been good, his sessions are hard and I learn something different every time.”

“I also train with Sonny Upton and Donald McNally sometimes, so I mix it up and add a bit to my game and learn off all three.”

Agyarko is keen on progression but the 2018 National Elite light heavyweight champion is a big picture kind of fighter.

There are no title call-outs or plans, with the Ulsterman looking to just build his record at the minute – although a fight at home is one of his more immediate goals.

Agyarko explained that “our plan at the moment is just to keep winning and hopefully be six-or-eight-and-o at the end of the year.”

“I’m hoping for a fight in Belfast in the summer but we’ll have to wait and see, nothing has been confirmed or put forward yet but hopefully there’s a show I can get on.”


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Joe O'Neill

Reporting on Irish boxing the past five years. Work has appeared on irish-boxing.com, Boxing News, the42.ie, and local and national media. Provide live ringside updates, occasional interviews, and special features on the future of Irish boxing. email: joneill6@tcd.ie