Eamonn O’Kane and Jamie Conlan ready to claim titles

Jamie Conland

Jamie Conland

  • by Nicky Fullerton

Eamonn O’Kane will give his all this evening to get his hands on the WBC International Silver middleweight belt at the Odyssey Arena.

O’Kane – a Commonwealth Games gold medal winner – will face Mexican Alvaro Gaona knowing that victory will secure him a spot in the WBC’s top 15 World rankings.

The Dungiven fighter has a come forward, aggressive, crowd-friendly style and he says Gaona will know he is in a fight early on.

“He will know what it’s all about when I hit him. Everyone knows I love a fight, so he will not have to go looking for me,” O’Kane said.

“I can box as well and I can do that if need be. To win this belt would give me a high ranking with the WBC and I am highly ranked by the IBF.

“The future is looking good but I have to win at the Odyssey.”

Jamie Conlan looked lean, mean and keen at yesterday’s weigh-in before he takes on Benjamin Smoes for the WBO European Super-flyweight title.And Conlan says he wants to get his hands on a title at the first attempt.

“I saw the belt there and that will look great in my house. I am motivated and I can’t wait to get in there.

“The weigh-in is now done, so the hard work is over. I just have to go in there and win.”




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