A hero’s welcome for boxing champ Eamonn O’Kane

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Banagher boxing champion Eamonn O’Kane received a hero’s welcome in Dungiven on Tuesday after retaining his IBF Inter-Continental title in a hard fought contest in Lavey.

The victory over previously unbeaten Englishman, Lewis Taylor has boosted his hopes of getting a crack at the IBF middleweight world title.

O’Kane, 33, took Saturday’s contest on points to retain his Inter-Continental belt.

The 2010 Commonwealth Games gold medallist says he has come a long way since bridging the gap between the amateur and the professional game, but is ready for what’s next.

Watch video of Eamonn O’Kane as he delighted students at St. Canice P.S. in Dungiven on Tuesday.

Eamonn O'Kane �Russell Pritchard / Presseye

Eamonn O'Kane �Russell Pritchard / Presseye