Caoimhín Agyarko hailed the impact of trainers Joe McNally and Declan O’ Rourke as he prepares for his fight against Troy Williamson in December.

The Belfast native, who holds a perfect professional record of 13-0-0, moved to Liverpool to train at the Rotunda ABC in 2022 and his bout against Williamson will be his second fight under his new team.

‘Black Thunder’ was originally scheduled to fight the Englishman in September, but wanted more time to let his hand recover after having surgery earlier this year.

Agyarko was joined by fellow boxer Gary Cully and former world champion Tony Bellew at a Matchroom Boxing community event which saw young fighters from across Liverpool get the chance to showcase their skills and win tickets to this weekend’s fight between Jack Catterall and Jorge Linares at the M & S Bank Arena.

“This is my biggest fight to date. It’s a 50/50 on paper, and I expect the best Troy Williamson on the night but I feel like I have what it takes to beat him,” Agyarko told MerseySportLive.

“I think my style is all wrong for him. I’m pushing my game to another level every day, so that’s what it’s all about.

“I feel like beforehand I wasn’t learning in my other gym. Since moving to Liverpool I feel like a different athlete. It’s going to be an interesting fight on the night.”

Agyarko’s last outing in May saw him pitch a shutout against former sparring partner Grant Dennis as he won every round on the judges scorecards.

In Williamson, a more experienced opponent who has competed at British and European title level, he is likely to face a sterner test but the opportunity to compete in his hometown as the co-main event to local hero Michael Conlan will provide extra motivation.

The 26-year-old harbours ambitions of making history for Irish boxing, but refuses to get ahead of himself as he focuses on his next fight.

“For me, becoming the first black Irish world champion starts on December 2nd. I really have to go out and put in a massive performance in my home yard,” Agyarko said.

“I’ve spoke about headlining shows in Belfast and wanting to do so for a long time, so although I’m not headlining on December 2nd this is the first step in the right direction to becoming the first black Irish world champion and headlining shows back in Belfast. This is a must win fight for me.”

Tickets for the Jack Catterall and Jorge Linares card at the M&S Bank Arena HERE