O’Kane says big night experience will help him in Prizefighter
Eamonn O’Kane believes fighting on the Brook vs Hatton undercard was the perfect preparation for his Betfair Prizefighter all-Irish Middleweights appearance at King’s Hall in Belfast on May 5, live on Sky Sports.
O’Kane man beat local boy Wayne Reed at the Motorpoint Arena Sheffield on St Patrick’s Day in his fourth professional bout, dropping Reed in the fifth on the way to an impressive 60-53 points win in their six rounder.
Now the Dungiven man has his sights set firmly on the Betfair Prizefighter trophy and the £32,000 winner’s cheque – and the big fights and title shots that victory would bring.
‘The night in Sheffield was a great night, I hadn’t fought since September so it was nice to blow the cobwebs out before Prizefighter,’ O’Kane said. ‘It was great to be on such a massive card.
‘It was the biggest crowd I’ve fought in front of. I’ve fought in the Odyssey Arena and that was seven or eight thousand, this was near enough 10,000 in Sheffield. It was fantastic.
‘All of my boxing career, both as an amateur and a professional, everything I’ve learned, especially from that night in Sheffield, will help me in Prizefighter.
‘When I won the Commonwealth gold in 2010 I knew it was live on TV and the stadium was full – all those experiences are going to help me to do well on May 5.
‘There’s going to be hundreds of thousands of people watching it on Sky and internationally, and the King’s Hall will be packed out with people screaming and shouting for different guys. It’s going to be amazing on the night.’
O’Kane is joined in the 24th edition of Matchroom Sport’s eight-man, one night tournament by Anthony Fitzgerald, Joe Rea, JJ McDonagh, Simon O’Donnell, Ryan Greene and Darren Cruise, with the final name to be added in the next 24 hours after Mark Heffron pulled out with a hand injury.
Before the action gets underway there are two fights with exciting young flyweight Jamie Conlan becomes the latest Prizefighter Prospect and the ever-popular former British featherweight champion Martin Lindsay continues his journey back to title contention.
The Betfair Prizefighter all-Irish Middleweights is followed by a huge fight in the career of Paul McCloskey as he takes on former world champion ‘Chop Chop’ DeMarcus Corley in a bid to get back into world title contention.