Eamonn O’Kane will take to the ring in the Lavey Centre on May 2 knowing that defeat could mark the end of his boxing journey.
O’Kane will defend his IBF Inter-continental title against Lewis Taylor at the Lavey Centre knowing that victory will keep him in the hunt for the IBF World title.
The middleweight is ranked in the top ten by the IBF and with champion Jermaine Taylor being stripped of the belt – there is everything to fight for.
And ‘King Kane’ knows he has to deliver or that World title dream will disappear for good.
“At this stage of my career I have to win. There is lots of jockeying for position after Taylor was stripped and there are a few of us that are still in the mix.
“I have to beat Lewis Taylor and keep myself in the mix. Defeat at this stage would be a disaster,” he added.
And O’Kane says he wants to join Carl Frampton and Andy Lee by winning a World title.
“I only fight on because I believe I can win that World title. Carl and Andy have done really well to achieve their titles and I want to join them.
“Boxing in Ireland is buzzing at the minute and I want to be part of that.
“Carl and Andy are World champions and Paddy Barnes and Michael Conlan have just qualified for the Olympic Games in Rio in 2016.
“Paddy and Mick deserve their success because they work so hard and I am delighted for the two of them,” he added.
And O’Kane – with 13 wins from 15 fights – says he knows what to expect from Taylor when they meet on May 2.
“Taylor has won 16 of his 17 fights and drawn one. He is a good boxer and he is coming here to win.
“I have watched him a few times and he will come here and try to box, but I feel I am stronger and have more power.
“The plan is to box smart and impose myself on him during the fight.
“I have prepared really well for this clash and am feeling stronger and more explosive,” he added.
James Fryers, Ray Ginley, Garvey Kelly, Luke Watkins and Junior Saeed will also appear on the bill at the Lavey Centre.