O’Kane to showcase his skills in Odyssey

©Mark Pearce/Presseye.com-1st June 2011 Press Eye Ltd- Northern Ireland _____ Mandatory Credit - Photo Mark Pearce/Presseye.com'Immaculata ABC , Belfast 'training session with Eamon O'Kane. '' Mandatory Credit Photo Mark Pearce / Presseye.com

©Mark Pearce/Presseye.com-1st June 2011 Press Eye Ltd- Northern Ireland _____ Mandatory Credit - Photo Mark Pearce/Presseye.com'Immaculata ABC , Belfast 'training session with Eamon O'Kane. '' Mandatory Credit Photo Mark Pearce / Presseye.com

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HE MAY only have two professional fights behind him, but Eamonn O’Kane believes his appearance on tomorrow night’s undercard at Odyssey Arena will give him the perfect platform to get on the title trail.

SIMON COLLINS reports

The exciting Banagher middleweight takes on Ballymena man, Joe Rae (7-5-1) in an eight round contest scheduled for 7 p.m. as he goes in search of his third consecutive victory since entering the professional ranks.

Motivated by the success of his good friend Paul McCloskey, who tops the bill tomorrow night, and Galliagh’s former middleweight contender, John Duddy, the ambitious O’Kane is determined to follow in their footsteps.

“I think I’m in the best nick of my life,” said O’Kane. “I think I’m ready for the titles now, I’m not a young boy, I’m 29 and I’ve been around the world and mixed it with the best boxers in the world. I’ve beat boxers that have world titles at the minute, so there’s no reason why I can’t win the titles.

“This is a great chance for people to get to see me. It’s a great chance for me to showcase my talent in front of this big crowd and you’re also going to have all the boxing pundits.

“I’ve always looked up to Paul McCloskey since I was six years of age in the boxing club and he keeps pushing that bar up higher and higher for me and showing me that the seemingly unachievable is achievable. It’s great to be on his undercard, not just as a friend but as a colleague.

“I remember John Duddy fought Howard Eastman and Paul fought Toncho Tonchev up in the King’s Hall, I was their biggest fan and it would be great if I could become one of those characters in the game.”

Having assisted Breen’s Gym stablemates, McCloskey and Stephen Haughian in their fight preparations, O’Kane will now take on John Breen trained, Joe Rae and he expects the Ballymena man to have a few tricks up his sleeve.

“Everybody knows my style of boxing, I’m aggressive and like to come forward and the question is, can they handle it?

“They might have a few tricks but I’m not that worried, I’m prepared for that. Whatever they bring to the table I’m ready for it.”

“Joe Rae has said there’s going to be a shock knockout and fair play to him. With the preparations and training I’ve gone through and the form I feel that I’m in, he’s going to need one hell of a performance to knock me out.”