Caoimhin Agyarko has heaped praise on Irish star Katie Taylor and insists that she’s paved the way for a next generation of Irish fighters.
Taylor retained her undisputed lightweight crown with a thrilling split decision victory over fellow pound-for-pound great, Amanda Serrano at Madison Square Garden in April, with the pair potentially in line for a rematch later this year.
Agyarko, who was born in London but moved to Belfast at seven-years-old, has revealed that the Bray native has been an inspiration of his and has backed the 35-year-old to win a rematch.
“What a fighter, what a person, what an athlete, one of my heroes,” Agyarko told proboxing-fans.com.
“Katie Taylor has paved the way for so many Irish fighters.
“What she’s done in this sport of boxing, she could retire right now and she goes down in history as one of the greatest athletes of all-time let alone one of the greatest boxers of all-time.
“[I’m] so, so happy for her in her last win. What a fight. What a performance from both girls.
“To go out [at] Madison Square Garden, a historic night and put on a performance like that, it was unbelievable from both of them.”
“I would love to see Katie, not retire but maybe have an easier fight, a go out fight, Croke Park get me on the undercard, co-main [event]!
“But if [it’s] Serrano again, what a fight it’ll be. They make history and it’ll be an unbelievable fight yet again and I would back Katie to win that fight.”
The 25-year-old, who trains at the Ibox Gym and is promoted by Eddie Hearn’s Matchroom Boxing, is undefeated in his first 11 professional contests, securing a unanimous decision win over Juan Carlos Rubio in his last outing in March.
‘Black Thunder’ has confirmed that he will return in July, on a show to be announced and will move down to super welterweight having campaigned at middleweight during his career.
“I can’t confirm any date just yet, but it will be July.
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“Like Eddie [Hearn] just said, he’s working on something for me, so hopefully it gets confirmed next week.”
Watch the full interview with Caoimhin Agyarko below: