Eamonn O’Kane and Jamie Conlan ready to claim titles

Jamie Conland
Jamie Conland

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.”