Making a statement is the aim for Caoimhin Agyarko this evening, and he insists he will dazzle with his skills under the O2 Arena lights against Lukasz Maciec (live on DAZN from 7pm).
The 25-year-old west Belfast man makes his bow at light-middleweight this evening having won all 11 previous contests up in the 160lb division, and his drop down in weight was accurately reflected on the scales yesterday as he looked lean and mean, coming in at 153.2lb for his bid to claim the vacant WBA international title.
‘Black Thunder’ has stopped seven of his previous victims, and while he would love an early night against Maciec, the Pole has been a tough nut to crack in the past and will walk into the ring with a record of 28-4-1.
None of those reverses have come by way of stoppage, so while Agyarko will claim to hold an even greater physical advantage having moved down a division, he is aware that the ‘Crazy Cat’ won’t go quietly tonight and reiterates he will aim to showcase his vast array of skills first and foremost — but should the stoppage present itself, then he will step on the gas.
A dominant performance in this clash would send out a huge warning sign to his new rivals, and Maciec has shown that while he is not a major player in the division, he is still a viable threat and gave Anthony Fowler a lot to think about when they met earlier in the year.
“It’s a big moment for me and I feel as though I have the right opponent to showcase my skills,” admits Agyarko.
“I didn’t think it would be as easy making the weight as it has been, but I’m looking forward to a tough fight on Saturday and making my mark in the 154 division.
“I don’t think he will go over easily. I feel like I want to go out and put on a boxing masterclass, show my footwork and fast hands, but I’m someone who finishes his dinner and if I have him hurt I’ll close the show.”
This is his third fight under the Matchroom banner having impressed in his December win over Noe Larios Jr and then out-pointing Juan Carlos Rubio back in March.
Perhaps this was the fire coming his way that prompted the Mexican to retreat into his southpaw shell, but it was another box ticked for Agyarko whose stock continues to rise.
He feels Maciec will prove to be an ideal dance partner, and believes a win would kickstart a run of momentum.
“I think this opponent will suit me a lot better,” he opined.
“He comes forward, he comes to fight. I like to use my boxing ability and in those last two fights I’ve had to stick it on them and looked a bit sloppy.
“They were average performances and yes, I got Larios out of there, but my last performance wasn’t great at all compared to what I expect from myself and what my team expects from me.
“He was a very tricky southpaw, a tough Mexican who didn’t really engage as much, but I think this opponent will bring out the best in me.”
Maciec may come forward, but with just five stoppage victories in his 28 career wins, it suggests he carries modest power and that may allow Agyarko to take an extra few risks to land his own shots in the ring.
With a relentless style and excellent bodywork, Agyarko has all the tools to dazzle those in attendance and others tuning in from home for the top-of-the-bill heavyweight rematch between Derek Chisora and Kubrat Pulev.
It’s another big chance to win over the wider boxing public and drum enough home support to make a return to Belfast early next year viable.