It has long been said that the World Series of Boxing was the perfect It has long been said that the World Series of Boxing was the perfect format for Caoimhin Agyarko Hynes and the Belfast middleweight proved that tonight in Paris.
The Holy Trinity fighter, following his Irish light heavyweight title win and subsequent tour of the U.S, North East, was snapped up recently by the Milan-based Italia Thunder franchise and Hynes won his debut in the competition this evening.
Facing Clemente Hong Sik Kee of the France Fighting Roosters, an Indian Ocean Games silver medalist, Hynes was utterly dominant in a hugely impressive first venture into the ‘semi-pro’ tournament.
Far too strong for his French foe, the Antrim 21-year-old scored a fourth-round stoppage win.
Hynes began sharply, chopping in some lovely short left uppercuts and drawing early blood from the nose of his Reunion opponent.
Hong actually landed more shots in the second but was being dominated by the heavy-handed Irishman who was cutting his face to ribbons. There was a doctor’s inspection towards the end of the stanza and the French fighter was passed fit to fight – but the writing was well and truly on the wall.
Hong finally received a count after two minutes of the third, a left hand deadening the legs of the home fighter momentarily. The second and third were smattered with 10-8 scorecards for Hynes but a final scorecard would not be needed as the bout came to an end in the fourth, penultimate, round.
Switching southpaw, Hynes hurt Hong with a short right early and proceeded to unload punishing work on his gutsy but outgunned opponent, forcing another standing count before the towel was eventually thrown in at the end of the round.
The result saw the Italia Thunder level the scores in the team-based competition at 2-2, leaving the result of the overall fixture down to the final heavyweight bout.
Regardless of the final result, the individual display of Hynes was mightily impressive and will certainly turn some heads.
Hynes, one of three Irish fighters involved this season alongside clubmate Sean Duffy and the legendary Joe Ward who are both boxing for the British Lionhearts, starts his WSB record off at 1(1)-0 and the Italia Thunder are sure to want to get him back out fighting as soon as possible.