O’Kane versus N’Dam a possibility for IBF world title in Derry

HASSAN N’Dam’s manager Gary Hyde believes Eammon O’Kane versus his charge for the IBF middleweight title is a possibility- and says he is willing to bring his man to Derry if the fight is made.

The IBF strap looks set to become vacant over the coming weeks as reigning champ Jermain Taylor is in trouble with the law and N’Dam, who knocked Andy Lee out of the 2004 Olympics, is next in line for the strap.

O’Kane is also highly ranked with the governing body and could get a tilt claims Hyde. The Cork man, who brought Guillermo Rigondeaux to Dublin back in 2011, says he is open to making that fight Belfast or Derry- although their are some issues regarding the placement of the nearest hospital in terms of holding a bout in O’Kane’s home county.

“Ndam will hopefully get a shot at the IBF World title as their champion Jermain Taylor is in trouble with the police in America. Ndam could face Eamonn O’Kane for the IBF belt. They are both very highly ranked by the IBF. We could have that fight in America, Belfast or even Derry,” Hyde told the Belfast Newsletter before discussing the rest of his stable.

“Rigondeaux, Youri Kalenga and Hassan Ndam will all be fighting for World titles in the coming months. Kalenga will face Cruiserweight world champion Denis Lebedev for his WBA title. We hope we can get the fight in America – because Lebedev would be hard to beat in Russia.


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