Eamonn O’Kane will look to keep his world title dream alive as he defends his IBF Inter-continental crown against Lewis Taylor on May 2.
Middleweight O’Kane faces unbeaten Taylor at the Lavey Centre knowing that he cannot afford a slip-up against his rival.
O’Kane will be fighting on home soil and speaking as a press conference on Friday he knows a large vocal support will be vital on the night.
“I respect Taylor and he is coming over here to my backyard and I hope we give Lewis a rowdy welcome to this part of the world.
“I hope we have a rough and ready crowd and an unbelievable atmosphere to help me get over the line. That support will give me that extra one or two percent to get me the win.
“Taylor is unbeaten. He has more wins than I have fights, so he has my total respect but I intend to do a good job, protect my title and push myself up the rankings.
“Evryone knows that in my division in the IBF, there is lots of movement because of Jermain Taylor vacating the title.
“Hassan N’Dam and David Lemieux are fighting for his belt. They are ranked one and five, while I am ranked seven, so we are in touching distance of that World title.
“So if I win on May 2 I am right in and I intend to do a great job on May 2 and I am a fighting guy, who likes to entertain and that is what you are going to get.
But Taylor says he is not here to make up the numbers.
“I am not coming here to lose. I am not coming to here to lose my unbeaten record.
“I have watched Eamonn and he is a good kid but I believe I can beat him. I have been training hard. I am confident and I have been begging for this step-up for quite some time and I am ready.
“I wanted this, this is my time and I am going to show everyone what I can do,” he added.
James Fryers, Ray Ginley and Luke Watkins will all appear on the undercard.