Eamonn O’Kane wanted to go out in style with a big domestic dust-up with Gary ‘Spike’ O’Sullivan.
The former Irish champion and All Irish Prizefighter winner officially hung up his gloves this week, but revealed he had hoped to bow out with a mouthwatering all-Irish clash.
The Derry fighter had agreed to trade leather with Cork’s O’Sullivan in Belfast in September on a big Matchroom show and was prepared to leave boxing behind after a fight that ‘Ireland would remember’.
‘King Kane’s’ body had other ideas, however. The popular puncher has had to call it a day and Irish fans have been denied the chance to witness a bout with classic potential.
“There has been an agreement in principle to fight my fellow countryman and a fighter I have immense respect for in ‘Spike’ O Sullivan, this September in Belfast,” O’Kane said in a statement earlier this week.
“That for me was going to be my swansong, giving the great Irish fans a fight they could all get behind against a class competitor and hopefully allow me to bow out with a win (which we will now never know) in a fight Ireland would remember.
“Unfortunately life doesn’t always go the way I have wanted it, and I’m guessing anyone reading this will agree with it’s the same for them.
“After listening to my family and also my body, I have decided it’s time I hang them up.