Gerrard McCafferty believes Julio Cesar Coelho de Carvalho can reign supreme if given the chance against the top domestic super middleweights.
The Portuguese Belfast based fighter has recently teamed up with the St John Bosco coach – and McCafferty is keen to see Cesar given the chance to fulfill relatively untapped potential.
Cesar made inroads into turning his career around in 2019. He followed up four consecutive defeats with two domestic wins. Belfast’s popular journey man Casey Blair was accounted for before Commonwealth Games medal winner Sean McGlinchy was stopped.
That McGlinchey win saw Cesar pick up the Celtic Nations title and the Belfast based fighter believed it had earned him an Irish title shot.
Indeed, he was confident it was Padraig McCrory and the Irish title next.
That clash never materialized and wasn’t even part of the discussion when the Belfast ticket seller was rumoured to be out in July.
McCafferty not only wonders why those at the weight have gone quiet with regard to the Cesar – he is also keen to tell anyone that will listen his new charge is ready for all domestic comers.
‘I’ve been training Julio Cesar for the last few months and I know he is keen to fight,” McCafferty told Irish-boxing.com
“He wants fights and wants to fight the top names out there. From what I have seen working with him he will give them a run for their money.
“If he gets an opportunity against any of these so called big names I know he won’t disappoint.”
McCafferty feels the domestic names are not as willing as Cesar when it comes to fighting him.
“I think he is the man nobody is willing to fight. He is too tough and too rough for them. He was promised an Irish title fight with Padraig McCrory if he beat McGlinchy, but after KO-ing Sean they’ve all gone quiet.”
It’s quite bold from the Belfast coach especially considering Taxi driver Cesar, despite a solid reputation as a good spar, was deemed a journey man at one stage.
The coach seem to understand that perception, but claims the nomadic nature of the Portugal native, as well as a lack of strong management meant he never had the chance to show what he can do.
“Julio has never had a one to one coach . He’s been all over UK sparring and learned most of his technique on his own bat. With a solid base and as a former Irish intermediate champion, I’ve no doubt he will give any of them a run for their money”
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