Derry’s Eamonn O’Kane boxes at the weekend in front of the HBO PPV cameras in a potentially life-changing bout. On the undercard of Gennady Golovkin and David Lemieux’s WBC-IBF unification, O’Kane [14(5)-1(1)-1] fights Bahamanian Tureano Johnson [18(13)-1(1)] in an IBF eliminator for a shot at the winner of the main event.
Despite being a massive underdog, the Irishman is confident going into the fight at Madison Square Garden, claiming that he will become the next great middleweight champion. This confidence has shocked the Caribbean fighter who told Boxingscene that “he has surprised me already that he has the guts to say what he has but I am ready to take on anyone in that ring.”
Tureano was complimentary of the skills of the 2010 Commonwealth gold medalist and assures that he has done his homework on O’Kane, explaining that “I have seen a few videos of him and I have to say he is a good fighter, he’s one you can’t sleep on. But I have been training for many months in preparation for this fight. I know just enough about him to know what to expect.”
“I want to put myself in the number one spot I want to be mandatory for the IBF title.”