Paddy Fitzpatrick sure Eamonn O’Kane versus Andy Lee would be good fight

Eamonn O'Kane
Eamonn O'Kane

Trainer Paddy Fitzpatrick believes his fighter Eamonn O’Kane still belongs at the top table of the Middleweight division.

O’Kane lost against Tureano Johnson at the weekend in their IBF World title eliminator at Madison Square Garden.

But Fitzpatrick believes that his man can return to fight for a World title and believes a World title clash with WBO king Andy Lee would be a great fight.

“It makes sense for the American market for Andy Lee to fight O’Kane on St Patrick’s Day in Madison Square Garden, where HBO has fallen in love with Eamonn and he’s proven himself over there.

“Andy’s next fight after Saunders can be a voluntary fight. I know Eamonn would need to be ranked in the top 15 with WBO but considering the type of fight he went through against Johnson - who is ranked highly by all four governing bodies - I don’t see that as an insurmountable stepping stone we can’t overcome.

“There’s no way people could say Eamonn doesn’t deserve it. He’s proven he deserves to be at world level.

“The American audience would get behind it.

“New York would get behind it because an Irish man in New York isn’t far from home. HBO would love it.

“It would make sense for Andy financially because it would sell no problem.”

And Alfredo Meli’s Immculata team mate Joe Fitzpatrick believes Meli beats Conrad Cummings when they clash for the Celtic title at the Waterfront Hall on November 20.

Fitzpatrick said: Alfredo Meli is going to kill him, he’s going to do him big time.

“Fredo is a workhorse, you want to see him in the gym – he’s flat-out training every day, he’s unstoppable, he’s a machine.

“He’s going to be too much for Cummings I think.

“It doesn’t matter that Cummings is a full-time pro, Fredo is a better boxer in my eyes and I think he wins the fight - but it will be a great battle between the two of them at the Waterfront,” added Fitzpatrick.