Natural born thriller – Caoimhin Agyarko heralds show stopping ‘killer instinct’

Caoimhin Agyarko [8(5)-0] warns he is one of those fighters blessed with a natural ‘killer instinct’.

The Belfast middleweight’s made it four stoppages on the bounce when he took out the durable Robbie Chapman live on BT Sports on Friday night.

The finish wasn’t of the one punch ‘timber’ nature, more an aggressive refusal, by the 23-year-old, to let his man off the hook once he had him hurt.

Agyarko stiffened his opponents legs with a right hand, but rather than stand off an admire the shot he jumped on a fighter noted for his ability to do rounds, and forced the referee to step in in the process.

It was a typical take matters into your own finish and one Agyarko suggests could become his trade mark.

“As soon as I hurt somebody I will close the show,” he explained after the fight.

“I’ve said it before, I’ve got that killer instinct. Not every fighter has it, some fighters have natural skills, others fast hands, I’m a fighter that can do everything. I can box on the back foot, go forward, I’ve got fast hands, fast feet and that killer instinct. I know when to close the show and when to apply that intensity to try and get them out of there.”

While the seventh round finish was pure instinctive aggression, there was real structure to ‘Black Thunder’s’ approach to proceedings.

The London based Queensbury fighter was to move through the gears and incrementally increase the pressure until the chance to finish came.

“I think that performance showed I learnt a lot from my last fight. I kind of rushed my work against Jez Smith. I hurt him early, jumped on him and kind of faded mid rounds,” he added.

“I paced myself in there tonight, worked on a few things, didn’t rush it and I knew I would get him out of there. The corner kept telling me to just lift it ten percent at a time.”

The Holy Trinity graduates victory came on the undercard of the British middleweight title rematch between Mark Heffron and recent sparring partner Denzel Bentley.

Agyarko believes he is already at that level, but despite recently calling for bigger fights, is happy to progress at what ever rate his team feel best.

“I’d say I’m on the same page as both lads. The only difference is they’ve had experience and fights. I’m still learning, I don’t want to be rushed, I;ll take my time and I’ll be world champion.”

The middleweight doesn’t expect to fight again until early next year, but won’t shy away from the gym in the meantime.

“I know I won’t be fighting until January or February, but I’ll get back in the gym and keep myself fit. I know a lot of fighters will take time off, so it’s a chance to stay fit and get one step ahead of them.”

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