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Caoimhin Agyarko expecting big test but looking to steal the show after dropping down a division


Caoimhin Agyarko sees Saturday's fight as a big opportunity

Caoimhin Agyarko sees Saturday's fight as a big opportunity

Caoimhin Agyarko sees Saturday's fight as a big opportunity

Caoimhin Agyarko intends to make a statement to the light-middleweight division when he takes on Poland’s Lukasz Maciec (28-4-1) at the 02 Arena in London on Saturday for the vacant WBA International title.

The West Belfast man had racked up 11 straight wins at middleweight and broke into the world rankings but has opted to drop back down to 154lbs with his first assignment on the Chisora-Pulev rematch, live on DAZN.

‘Black Thunder’ has made impressive progress since discarding the vest, picking up a WBA International title at middleweight, but feels his best route to the top will come in the division below.

Last time out, Agyarko took care of business against Juan Carlos Rubio on points as the Mexican gradually retreated into his shell at the Nottingham Arena, but Agyarko believes Maciec will have much more ambition this weekend and that can help open some attacking avenues for the 25-year-old who is keen to produce an eye-catching performance against an opponent who is yet to be stopped in his four defeats.

“I’m expecting a tough 10 rounds,” he confirmed.

“This kid’s never been stopped so I will be looking to go out and make a statement by getting him out of there. But I’m not really focussed on that, I’m focussed on putting on a good performance at my new weight and stealing the show.

“I want someone who is going to commit and test me as much as possible. Fighting someone like that will bring out the best in me as my last two fights were very tricky in terms of it being tough. I wanted them to come and fight, but as soon as I hit them, they retreated into boxing a bit more.

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“This dude has been in with Anthony Fowler and took some rounds off him. He’s never been stopped and has a winning record, so he is going to come to fight. He’s not going to lie down, but I know how good I am and how hard I’ve trained, so I expect a big performance from myself.”

Making the switch down in weight can always be a risk as Agyarko won’t know for sure whether he will remain as strong and powerful having shed the extra lbs, but he is confident it won’t be an issue and is looking to put on a big performance in front of the London crowd.

“It’s a big week for me and a big test on Saturday night, so I’m looking forward to getting back under the bright lights and hopefully putting on a good performance,” he said.

“I don’t think there will be an issue of carrying the power down. That’s been the big question - will I be as strong, but for me it won’t be an issue. The only issue is getting to the weight and where I’m at right now is perfect.”

Agyarko’s career ambitions lie much further than what’s open offer this weekend, but to get to where he wants to go, these are the hurdles that must be negotiated and a durable, experienced and talented fighter like Maciec appears to be the right test at the right time.

Victory will put him on the road to major honours and will earn a world ranking, so a statement win would be a fine way to set up the second half of the year.

Anything other than a win would be a huge shock this weekend and Agyarko believes he is ready to announce himself at light-middleweight in fine style.

“I’m ranked number 10 in the world at middleweight and now I’m dropping down so I hope to carry that ranking and picking up this belt can only improve that,” he continued.

“It’s a great opportunity for me to win my second belt and second WBA title against a tough opponent. I think this is going to be a real test for me as he will come to fight and it will bring out the best in Caoimhin Agyarko.”

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