Agyarko ready to make a statement despite step up step down

Caoimhin Agyarko [7(4)-0] allowed his team put the reigns on somewhat ahead of his relatively short notice fight this weekend.

The exciting Belfast middleweight was scheduled for the kind of step up he was calling for when he was set to appear on the same card as Tyson Fury and Michael Conlan on December 5.

Conlan’s injury enforced withdrawal seems to have prompted a rethink from Queensbury Promotions and Agyarko was put on this Friday night’s BT broadcast show.

It’s also meant a downgrade in opponent for the ambitious Holy Trinity graduate.

The Belfast fighter’s team felt three weeks wasn’t enough prep time for the step up they had initially in place.

“I had originally had an tougher opponent for the December show, but with little training I couldn’t take that fight,” Agyarko told Irish-boxingcom.

“I always want a step up but I’ve got to remember I’m 23 years old and only 7 fights in. I’ve always said I’ll fight anyone and fight the best, but maybe I need these learning fights.”

Robbie Chapman [6(0)-5(1)] still represents respectable opposition for an early days pro. ‘The Camden Caretaker’ boasts a winning record and a reputation of a tough fighter who comes to have a go.

He has recent Irish previous having taken Fearghus Quinn six rounds.

Agyarko is aware of the Londoner’s durability and see’s it as a chance to make a bit of a statement. The 23-year-old wants to maintain his stoppage streak.

“I’m looking to put on another good performance. I will be looking for the stoppage, as I’m on a 3 fight knock out run. He’s only been stopped once so I’ll look to make a statement.

“What I’ve seen of him, he’s tough and comes to fight. It may not be the biggest of tests, but a fights a fight and I have to get in there and perform to my best.”

Topping the bill tomorrow is an interesting rematch between Mark Heffron, a fighter recently linked to Luke Keeler, and Denzel Bentley.

The pair fight for the British title in Agyarko’s middleweight division. ‘Black Thunder’ will keep an interested eye on proceedings not because he has an eye on the title, but because he believes both will be future foes.

“I actually had a quality spar with Bentley last Friday so it’ll be interesting to see who wins that,” he responds when asked about the fight.

“The British title isn’t in my sights but there definitely two future opponents.”

The fact tomorrow is Friday 13th holds no weight for the non superstitious operator.

“It means nothing. It’s another fight day for me and on fight day I bring the thunder regardless of what the day means.”

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