Eamonn O’Kane: I am going to deliver tomorrow night

Derry middleweight Eamonn O’Kane is looking to cause big shock tomorrow night at Madison Square Garden on the undercard of Gennady Golovkin and David Lemieux’s unification clash. The Irishman is a big 7/1 underdog against Bahamanian Tureano Johnson [18(14)-1(1)] in their IBF title eliminator, but the Dungiven fighter knows that a potential World title shot against the winner of the main event is the prize should he pull off the upset.

Speaking to IFL TV at the pre-fight press conference, the 2010 Commonwealth gold medalist explained how he’s looking forward to fighting at Madison Square Garden as “it’s the Mecca of boxing, it’s what you dream of when you lace up your first pair of gloves”

However, O’Kane [14(5)-1(1)-1] is not in New York for a holiday, and promises that “we’re here to deliver and I’m really looking forward to delivering.”

“Make no mistake about it, I’m going to deliver on Saturday night.”

Indeed, such is the unheralded stature of O’Kane, no one at the conference was able to pronounce his name properly, but this did not bother the Eee-man who believes that it is “It’s good to be the underdog and to come in under the radar.”

The former Irish middleweight champion agrees that even Johnson is overlooking him, and that this is a big mistake, noting “definitely, he said he’s looking forward to sampling Golovkin’s power, he has to sample mine first”

Watch O’Kane and trainer Paddy Fitzpatrick’s full interview with IFL TV below

Joe O'Neill

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