Good luck Eamonn

St. Canice PS, Dungiven, principal Ciaran Loan and pupils wish boxing champion Eamonn O'Kane the best of luck ahead of his big fight in New York. Included are Eamonn's wife Nicola and sons Charlie and Oscar. INLV4015-343KDR Photo: Ken Reay
St. Canice PS, Dungiven, principal Ciaran Loan and pupils wish boxing champion Eamonn O'Kane the best of luck ahead of his big fight in New York. Included are Eamonn's wife Nicola and sons Charlie and Oscar. INLV4015-343KDR Photo: Ken Reay

Pupils at St. Canice P.S. in Dungiven Primary School are making sure Banagher boxing champion Eamonn O’Kane has plenty of support back home when he steps into the ring at Madison Square Garden for the biggest fight of his life, writes Sheena Jackson.

The middleweight, who fights Tuerano Johnson in a world title eliminator in three weeks time, was due to fly out from Heathrow Airport on Wednesday, but O’Kane and his team were unable to board the flight due to visa problems.

However, the 33-year-old is taking the setback in his stride and hopes the issue will be resolved quickly. O’Kane was in good spirits yesterday when he met local schoolkids.

“To think these kids took the time to make this banner, it’s sensational, a class wee touch,” said Eamonn. “Now I have to go to New York and get the job done and get myself in a position for a world title shot.”