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O’Kane keen to avoid ‘disastrous’ defeat so he can emulate Frampton and Lee

Defeat to Lewis Taylor in Derry this Saturday night would be nothing short of ‘disaster’ says Eamonn O’Kane.

The Irish middleweight champion fights the undefeated Derby native for the IBF Inter-Continental middleweight title in the Lavey Centre, Derry on Saturday night.

The IBF top ten fighter knows victory will see him take a significant step towards a World title shot. Indeed, if the Gary Hyde managed Hassan N’Dam claims the vacant strap over the Summer the Derry favourite could challenge as early as this year.

O’Kane, who was joined by James McClean in supporting a “Sport against Suicide” charity fight night in Derry’s famous Guildhall last Saturday, is keen to join Carl Frampton and Andy Lee in the Irish World title winners circle and is determined not to allow Taylor to ruin his World strap dream.

“At this stage of my career I have to win. There is lots of jockeying for position after Taylor was stripped and there are a few of us that are still in the mix.

“I have to beat Lewis Taylor and keep myself in the mix. Defeat at this stage would be a disaster,” he added.e.

“I only fight on because I believe I can win that World title. Carl and Andy have done really well to achieve their titles and I want to join them.”


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