Caoimhin Agyarko queries police approach to his stabbing

Caoimhin Agyarko [6(3)-0] stresses he’d sleep better if the person that was within one inch of taking his life was punished in the courts, but doesn’t expect any form of judicial justice.

Back in May of 2017 the middleweight prospect, then 20, had his throat slashed in an attack in Belfast city centre.

Now professional with Queensbury Promotions, Agyarko had to undergo emergency surgery and there were genuine concerns as to whether he would be able to box again.

In fact it turns out the former National Elite champ was lucky to escape with his life – there was only an inch in the difference between getting stitches and bleeding out almost instantly.

Agyarko has been fairly open about the incident over the last three years, but today revealed for the first time he has no hope in the perpetrator every being brought to justice.

Speaking on Twitter he stressed the police informed him they haven’t questioned anyone of interest with regard to the incident, but that if caught the offender would only be charged by GBH.

Expanding further when speaking to Irish-boxing.com ‘Black Thunder’, who does believe their was a racial element to the attack added:

“They contacted me a couple days after the stabbing and brought me in to get a statement, I was told then. They told me that there was too many people there and that if they questioned and charged people with assault then they would charge me too.”

Both the incident and the police approach remain upsetting for the 160lbs fighter.

Agyarko can’t understand how a stabbing which played out in front of such a crowd hasn’t produced a suspect – and he wonders whether or not it would have taken death to prompt the police to take action.

“I definitely think if they watched the CCTV, watched who was fighting and causing it then they could bring people in and get them to talk.

“I don’t know why [an arrests] hasn’t happened. I just put it down to the fact I’m still alive and once your alive it doesn’t matter. If I had of died they would of tried to prosecute someone.”

Agyarko has no issues in dropping the hard man boxing image and admitting the incident still has an impact on him – and he also believes justice would help him sleep easier.

“Personally it would mean a lot to me [if someone was arrested]. I’d sleep better at night knowing someone has been caught for nearly taking my life.

“Of course it still effects me 3 years on and it probably will do for the rest of my life it effects me mentally everyday but I learn to get on with it.”

Jonny Stapleton

Irish-boxing.com contributor for 15 years and editor for the past decade. Have been covering boxing for over 16 years and writing about sport for a living for 19 years. Former Assistant Sports editor for the Gazette News Paper Group and former Tallaght Voice Sports Editor. Have had work published in publications around the world when working as a freelance journalist. Also co-founder of Junior Sports Media and Leinster Rugby PRO of the Year winner. email: editoririshboxing@gmail.com