Being a new to the pro game 20-year-old, Gaynor would be forgiven for taking a number of learning fights against relatively tame opposition early doors.
However, the Tallaght super feather was given something of a baptism of fire when he turned over in May of last year and wasn’t give respite when he traded leather for a second time in November.
Although Belfast’s Alex Bazza and Poland’s Krzysztof Rogowski are not world beaters they are well respected journeymen.
Bazza certainly comes to have a go, tests fighters fitness and toughness. He came into the Gaynor fight motivated by the fact he was fighting in Ireland and went for the win. While the rough Rogowski can drag an unsuspecting foe into a war and the Pole was more than just respectable foe for Gaynor’s second fight.
Kilnamanagh’s Gaynor fights for a first time this Summer and, considering an unfortunate lay off following the cancelled CityWest show in February, would be given a free pass by fans if he oiled ring rust with a relative gimme.
However, the ambitious puncher has other ideas and wants another opponent that will enable him to stand out from a crowd of new pros.
“I don’t even think they were tough fights. I feel I needed to get my name out as an exciting boxer and I believed I achieved that goal,” he told Irish-Boxing.com
“I’ll be now looking for some fights that will build my reputation and test the level of the boxing I’m at.
“This fight I’ll be looking for another boxer with a better record then my previous two. I want to prove to everyone that I’m still on the map since I have being fairly inactive.”
Names on the record aren’t the only thing Gaynor wants, with the fiery super feather looking to impress in the ring.
“I also want to prove that I’m getting better with each performance,” he added.
“My last performance I was looking for a stoppage early in the fight and as much punishment as I gave him four rounds wasn’t enough of a length of time for me but my overall performance I was very pleased with. My level of boxing I felt was very good compared to my first fight.”
While opponent choice seems to centre around raising profile for a fighter that has time on his hands but seems in a hurry, Gaynor admits he has benefited in other ways.
The Stephen Kavanagh trained and managed fighter revealed he has gained confidence and also learnt from the experienced operators.
“There’s many things I have learned from my fights. Every time I step in the ring, whether it’s sparring or a fight, I’m learning.”
“It’s all about how you adapt to different boxers styles and I believe I matched the two fighters I’ve fought. I overcame what they were putting on the table.”
“Putting in a good performance and winning is always a confidence booster and makes me want to take on better boxers,” he added.
The July 7th JB Promotions show at the National Stadium will be Gaynor’s first appearance in over eight months and this has left him hungry to impress.
He explained how “it’s very frustrating waiting around for a fight especially since I’ve been in training camp already due to my last fight being cancelled but I’m improving each week in the gym and can’t wait to show off what I’ve learned over the last few months.”
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