‘He doesn’t want to fight’ – Agyarko accusses stablemate Heaney of deflecting

Caoimhin Agyarko [6(3)-0] claims stablemate Nathan Heaney [10(3)-0] is deflecting because he is afraid of the Belfast middleweight.

After being called out by Agyarko and the Pete Taylor trained Jordan Reynolds the Stoke ticket seller suggested the London based and Dublin based fighters’ should face each other.

Heaney, whose ringwalk for his most recent fight went viral, suggested the rising Agyarko doesn’t yet bring anything to the table – and also claimed it would make no sense for him to fight Reynolds, a fighter who has yet to punch for pay.

The move sparked an online tit-for-tat without anyone agreeing to fight.

Speaking to Irish-boxing.com Agyarko, who is rumoured to have secured a slot on one of the BT Sports studio shows, accused Heaney of trying to divert attention from the called for bouts.

“He’s just trying to steer things away from him,” said the former National Elite Champion.

“He doesn’t want to fight either of us, definitely not me, as he’s said I’m too much of a risk.”

The call outs and online action has helped bring attention on the emerging fighters and increased interest in the proposed bouts.

Frank Warren would more than likely prefer to let the fights build, but Agyarko wonders if he would ever get the chance to fight the Stoke native.

He doesn’t feel Heaney wants it anytime soon and suggests if it doesn’t happen now, he will be too young and fresh for a fighter he claims is aging further down the line.

“Heaney won’t take it,” he continues.

“I’d fight him now or [further down the line], but he’s getting old. I’m a lot younger, so it would make sense for him to take it now, but he won’t.”

“I haven’t seen much of him. I think he’s fit enough, looks strong, but really stiff. He is just an average fighter and to beat me you’ll have to be better than average.”

‘Black Thunder’ is also open to a clash with Reynolds, but feels that is one that should be allowed to simmer.

It’s a similar approach to the one Heaney has toward him, but one difference according to the Belfast man. Agyarko is confident both he and Reynolds will become big names and wonders if the same can be said of Heaney.

“He offers nothing right now,” he says of Reynolds.

“He hasn’t had a fight, but that fight is a big fight for me in the future, bigger than the Heaney fight.”

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: [email protected]