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New Frank Warren signing Caoimhin Agyarko Hynes explains reasoning behind pro move

Caoimhin Agyarko Hynes admits that he is fulfilling a dream in turning professional.

The Belfast middleweight, the reigning Irish Senior Elite champion at light heavy, at the weekend that he is turning professional with Frank Warren’s Queensberry outfit.

The news was officially confirmed today, and while Agyarko is still just 21 years of age, it looks to be a logical move.

Explosive, powerful, and charismatic, the West Belfast boxer has always been described as one that is perfect for the pro game.

Agyarko acknowledges this and described how “my style of boxing is built for the pro’s and even from a very young age, turning pro is something I’ve always wanted to do.”

“Since I was seven years old it’s been a dream of mine to turn professional.”

“I’m one of those fighters which have no problem going on the back or front foot. I’m a big hitter for a middleweight and people think because of this I can’t box but I do like to use my speed and my boxing ability to beat opponents as well and can adapt to any fighter I face.”

The Holy Trinity BC youngster admits that the decision to turn pro was not one made without consideration but explained how a charm offensive from veteran boxing figure Warren helped sway him to ditch the vest.

Agyarko outlined how “my goal was to go to Rio [2016 Olympics] and The Gold Coast [2018 Commonwealth Games] but I narrowly missed out on both.”

“I was going to stick around for the next Olympics because I was number one in Ireland and the qualifiers were just around the corner but personally it just felt like it was the right time to turn over to the professional ranks.”

“I was invited down to Windsor Park for the Frampton fight by Frank and it was just an amazing experience. I met the team, the fighters and everyone were just great to me, it made my decision to sign a very easy one.

Agyarko doesn’t make the move into the pros lightly and will be relocating from Belfast for the new venture.

Following a short trial period, the Irish fighter will link up with trainers Al Smith and Eddie Lam at the iBox Gym in Bromley, South London, where he becomes a stablemae of some big names.

Agyarko explains how “it’s a great gym with great fighters like Bradley Skeete, Johnny Garton, Johnny Coyle. I was over for twelve days training with them and I enjoyed my time there, so I decided this is where I want to be trained.”


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Joe O'Neill

Reporting on Irish boxing the past five years. Work has appeared on irish-boxing.com, Boxing News, the42.ie, and local and national media. Provide live ringside updates, occasional interviews, and special features on the future of Irish boxing. email: joneill6@tcd.ie