The teenage Tallaght featherweight returns to the venue for his third pro outing and is promising to have place “hopping” when he attempts to increase his unbeaten record.
The lightweight prospect brought a healthy crowd with him when he fought on SK Promotions inaugural card in Saggart back in November and expects to build on that as he trades leather on his doorstep for the second time.
“Citywest is a great venue. There’s plenty of room for a crowd but it’s small enough for a great atmosphere and, since it’s fairly local, I had the place hopping when I was fighting and I’ll do the same on the 3rd of February,” he told Irish-Boxing.com ahead of the small hall fight date.
Gaynor is one of a number of 2017 pro newcomers that have caught the eye. The 19 year old debuted in an entertaining clash with Belfast’s Alec Bazza and then defeated another noteworthy early foe when he dominated rugged Pole Krzysztof Rogowski – a fighter who beat Carl Frampton in the amateurs and fought numerous Irish pro prospects
Both fighters are known as journeymen, but both are noted for asking questions of their opponents. Gaynor took them on earlier than most boxers, but claims he has really benefited from tough fights.
The Kilnamanagh fighter noted how “my two opponents were good for my introduction into the pros, I’ve definitely learned from the two of them.”
“My first was a good sloppy scrap up but if anything I wanted that because it put me on the map as a young fella who has no fear. But I did look back on it and it was sloppy but I learned from it.”
“My second I boxed as well as I could’ve but he kept holding me so I wouldn’t stop him. The holding frustrated me a lot since I knew I had him finished a few times but I kept my head and got on with the win on points.”
“Both were great learning curves and my next will be better again.” he added.
Those rounds against experienced pros seem all the more important when you consider Gaynor trains out of an amateur gym – a situation he explained.
“Since my club is originally an amateur club with me being the only professional in it at the moment I get a lot of sparring from amateurs which is good because their pace is much higher then the pros.”
“This is good for fitness levels but after three or four rounds I start breaking them down since they’re the rounds past the amateurs rounds. I do believe a good amateur that is fit enough could beat a professional.”
Gaynor is the first fighter confirmed on the first Dublin show of the year, but an opponent has yet to be confirmed.
It would be hard for a novice pro to improve much on Bazza and Rogowski, but that is exactly what he wants to do.
“I’m looking for a step up in each fight. My first opponent had no wins and plenty of losses my second opponent had 10 wins and a few losses. A step up on them two would be great but I’ll have to sit down with my promoter and discuss it. In the meantime I’ll be getting super fit to put on a show for everyone.”
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