Eamonn O’Kane is back in boxing and will fill a Glen McCrory-sized hole in the corner of Sean McGlinchey.
The Derry favourite hung up his gloves back in April of 2016 after listening to ‘his family’ and ‘his body,’ and did so on the back of a pure blood and guts display in a world title final eliminator with Tureano Johnson in Madison Square Garden.
‘King Kane’ now returns as a coach and will be part of ‘Mummy’s Bhoy’s new team.
O’Kane’s fellow Derry man made an impressive start to life as a professional with wins over Josef Obeslo and Dan Blackwell before injury and BBBofC licensing issues slowed him down.
The 26-year-old is back now and returns on the ‘The Beginning’ card in Dublin on July 7th. The seek and destroy merchant is keen on a fresh start and comes back with a fresh team.
Former IBF crusierweight world champion Glen McCrory was guiding McGlinchey’s career up and until recently both managing and manning the middleweight hopeful’s corner.
However, the respected TV pundit felt he hadn’t the time to commit to the cause and has taken a step back, opening the path for a team with more local influence and presence to step in.
“The change of team came about after former world champion and Sky Sports pundit Glenn McCrory told us that he that he was finding it hard to juggle his media work, his family and try to train Sea,” explained McGlinchey’s new manager Seamus Cunning to Irish-Boxing.com.
“Glenn was still based in Newcastle but coming to his second home in Culdaff, Donegal to train Sean at the Wild Atlantic Boxing Club. It will always great to say we worked with a former world champion “Gentlemen Glenn” for the first year of Sean’s professional career. The knowledge that man brought to us will never be forgotten, but we have a new team now,” he continued.
“The new coaching team will consist of Eamonn O Kane, who will be head coach, working alongside top amateur coach Eugene O’Kane from the Oakleaf Boxing Club in Derry City.”
“Eamonn took Sean to New York in 2015 and and he was in Eamonn’s corner when he fought Tureano Johnson in a world middleweight title eliminator in Madison Square Garden on GGG undercard. Sean’s seconds Eugene has helped Sean throughout his career and was the main man responsible for Sean winning a bronze medal in Glasgow 2014 at the Commonwealth Games. It’s an experienced and exciting group.”
Cunning admits it’s being a tough few months for McGlinchey, but is confident the year will end in satisfactory fashion.
“I am very excited and really cant wait to see Sean getting his career back on track again after a rollercoaster year out. Its been a terrible year for Sean through injury but hopefully with me taking over the full managerial role I can steady the ship and move on with a great trusted crew behind me.”