Eamonn O’Kane knows he has the chance of a lifetime when he steps into the Odyssey on Saturday night.
Former Commonwealth Games gold medal winner O’Kane faces Kerry Hope for the IBF Inter-continental title on the undercard of Carl Frampton’s IBF World title eliminator.
O’Kane will go into the fight on a high after winning the Irish title in his last outing on July 12 and he believes the changes he has made under coach Bernardo Checa have improved his game.
“We have been working on a few things and we are getting there.
“I have been training with Bernardo now for about 10 months and he has changed my style a wee bit.
“We went back to basics and there has been steady improvement in my last two fights.
“I like to be aggressive but Bernardo has got me boxing and moving a wee bit more,” he added.
And O’Kane says he is looking forward to getting to grips with Hope on Saturday night.
“It is great that it is for the IBF Inter-continental title and it will make winning it even sweeter.
“Hope is a strong boy. but I believe I will be fittier, stronger and I will have the better boxing skills,” he added.
Meanwhile Tommy McCarthy will get Ireland’s campaign at the 17th AIBA World Elite Men’s Championships underway in Kazakhstan today.
The Belfast heavyweight meets Nikolay Mutavski of Bulgaria.
And Belfast’s Paddy Barnes has moved up to flyweight from light-fly for the Championships.