O’Kane’s eyes firmly on the Prize

By Jonny Stapleton

Eamonn O’Kane set his sites on the Prize after successfully registering win number three in Sheffield last weekend.

The Dungiven star defeated Wayne Reid on the Kell Brook Matthew Hatton undercard and is now dreaming of Prizefighter victory.

O’Kane feels he needed a bout to rid himself of some rust after six month period of inactivity and is happy to get the rounds under his belt.

Although he jested at his lack of content with turning 30 recently the Commonwealth title holder was delighted with his most recent win.

“I’m delighted I got the win but it was a decent performance as well,” said O’Kane when speaking to the Derry Journal. “He weighed in around 6 lbs. above me and ended up three quarters of a stone heavier than me come fight time, so I gave away a good bit of weight.

“He took some heavy shots and was trying to give them back. He was trying to wind me up as well. Every time I hit him he was shaking his body as if to say I didn’t hurt him. I was chatting to him afterwards and he told me that he was doing a bit of play-acting and goading me to get a breather.

“I like to look at my fights constructively and try and improve on my performances. I dropped him on the bell during the fifth round and his corner jumped in and wasted a bit of time. He got a full minute to recover and then he was crafty enough to hold on and survive. That’s part and parcel of the game.

“It was great to blow the cobwebs out of the system because my last fight was in September in the Odyssey and then with the accident over Christmas, it was good to get back in the ring, especially with the Irish Prizefighter coming up now in May.”


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