Eamonn O’Kane believes he has the ‘tools’ to unlock a path to a World title shot this coming Saturday night.
‘King Kane’ takes on Tureano Johnson in an IBF middleweight eliminator in Madison Square Garden, a venue often lit up by fellow Derry man John Duddy, on the undercard of Gennday Golovkin and David Lemieux’s eagerly anticipated WBA-IBF World title unification fight.
The former Irish middleweight champ and Prizefighter winner knows Johnson (18-1) provides stiff opposition, but he is confident he can get the job done and move a step closer to his World title dream.
“I have trained hard and I am totally focused on winning this fight. I win this and I get a shot at a World title and that is what I got into boxing for,” said the popular 33 year old Commonwealth gold medal winner.
“A world title is the dream and winning in Madison Square Garden on Saturday will get me nearer to turning that dream into reality.”
“He is a good boxer and I will have to be at my best to beat him, but I have believe I have the skills and the tools to get the job done. This is the biggest fight of my career and I have to deliver,” he added.
O’Kane has been sparring in America with fellow Derry man and Commonwealth medal winner Sean McGlinchey and he says the young boxer has ability.
““Sean has been brilliant,” said O’Kane. “He’s been definitely helping me tick the boxes in terms of preparation for Johnson.
“He’s tough, durable, talented and he’s been pushing me and that’s exactly what you want.
“That’s why we brought him in. He’s got the Commonwealth bronze medal behind him and he’s a talented boxer. For me he’s better than Tureano Johnson.”