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O’Kane: This is the biggest and toughest fight of my life

EAMONN O’Kane claims he will be in top ‘nick’ to en sure he nicks a World title shot ahead of Tureano Johnson.

The Derry middleweight will fight the American based Bahamas native for the right to challenge David Lemieux for his 160lbs IBF World title.

Both teams are trying to work out and date and venue for the massive clash, but ‘King Kane’ is more concerned with how and not where or when he performs.

The former Commonwealth Gold medal winner understands the significance of the bout and will prepare accordingly.

“It’s the biggest fight of my life,” O’Kane told the Derry Journal. “Everything happens for a reason and at the right time and everything’s happening at the right time for me now.

“It’s all about me getting into the best nick possible and capitalising on this opportunity. The goal is to become world champion. I’m one fight away now from a world title shot and I intend to do everything in my power with regards preparation. I’ll make sure I’ll be in the best nick possible to perform as best as I can.

“We’ve analysed past performances and we’re going to be bang on the money come fight time.”

The Dungiven man isn’t just expecting the biggest fight of his life he is also readying himself for the toughest test to date.

In Johnson he faces a fellow ranked foe, whose only reverse comes former World title challenger Curtis Stevens.

“You would expect it to be my toughest yet as it’s my biggest fight. He’s a tough guy. He’s been mixing it very well and delivering good performances. Oliver Cummings is getting me in the best condition. He’s pushed me in terms of beating PBs and it’s good that we are where we are at the right time.

“I’m looking forward to beating him. We’ve analysed him and I’m confident I can do a good job. I want to get the fight over the line before I say too much else.

It’s a pressurised situation. It’s exciting, nerve wrecking all in the one. My focus is in my job which is getting myself into the best nick possible. It’s exciting for me and I plan on doing a good job. It’s the biggest fight of my life!”


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