Eamonn O’Kane trainer has Nick Blackwell’s British title in his sights

Eamonn O'Kane
Eamonn O'Kane

Eamonn O’Kane could fight for a British title next year.

In his last fight O’Kane lost his World title eliminator at Madison Square Garden to Tureano Johnson.

And now O’Kane’s trainer Joe Fitzpatrick is targeting a shot at Nick Blackwell, who has recently spent time sparring Gary ‘Spike’ O’Sullivan.

Fitzpatrick claims he has contacted Blackwell’s promoter Mick Hennessy regarding a potential clash on March 5.

The British Boxing Board of Control have made O’Sullivan’s December 12 opponent, Chris Eubank Jr, mandatory for the belt, but Fitzpatrick says Eubank will not want that fight.

“I think Santa Claus will show up in the gym before Eubank will take that fight.

“He didn’t take it twice before. Since then, he has fought Billy Joe Saunders and now he is fighting for mandatory position in the WBA.

“Nick needs another defence to keep that belt. There is no reason why Eamonn cannot be cleared for that.

“He is two below Nick in the British rankings. You have Nick, John Ryder and then Eamonn.

“Nick has beaten John Ryder, the next one down is Eamonn – it makes sense for both men.

“It is fight that Nick Blackwell tweeted ‘great fight’ – he likes the idea of it too.”

Regardless of the opponent O’Kane will return to ring action in Swindon on March 5 and does so as an IBF World top 10 fighter- and Fitzpatrick hopes that ranking tempts Blackwell into the ring in the Spring.

“Nick has the opportunity to keep his Lonsdale belt and also to take Eamonn’s top-10 world ranking,” Fitzpatrick added.

“It is a fight that makes sense.”