Eamonn O’Kane has learned that his showdown with former European middleweight champion, Kerry Hope next week will now be for the vacant IBF Intercontinental Middleweight Championship!
The Irish middleweight champion was scheduled to take on Welsh man, Hope for the vacant British Boxing Board of Control’s Celtic title but the IBF have agreed to sanction the bout for their prestigious Intercontinental strap.
The fight will feature on the undercard of Carl Frampton’s world title eliminator against Jeremy Parodi at the Odyssey Arena on October 19th next and now the IBF’s Intercontinental belt is on the line, it will give O’Kane greater motivation to stretch his impressive professional record to 11-1-0.
Former world featherweight champion, Barry McGuigan and his Cyclone Promotions company are promoting the Belfast show and he’s delighted O’Kane has been offered the chance.
“I am thrilled that the IBF have recognised this fantastic match up as a worthy decider for their well respected Intercontinental belt,” said McGuigan.
“Cyclone Promotions have a very good working relationship with the International Boxing Federation and long may this continue.
“In what we all expect to be a fantastic scrap next Saturday, Eamonn faces a former European champion who will now have additional motivation to win this fight. However, O’Kane is always in shape and he will be ready.”
Ticket sales to see Carl ‘The Jackal’ Frampton versus Jeremy Parodi in a World Title eliminator fight at the Odyssey in Belfast on October 19th have already reached arena capacity.
As a result Cyclone Promotions is opening up additional seating which will make the fight the biggest the Belfast Odyssey has ever seen.