EAMONN O’Kane’s trainer has hinted the Co. Derry middleweight could be on his way to United States in a bid to secure a world title challenge.
Swindon based coach, Paddy Fitzpatrick believes O’Kane, who retained his IBF Inter-COntinental title in Lavey two weeks ago, will enjoy greater opportunities on the East Coast of America.
Fitzpatrick, who also trains world super middleweight contender, George Groves, also revealed that he has been involved in talks with IBF No.1 ranked fighter Hassan N’Dam regarding the possibility of fighting for the world title should he win the vacant belt in his next outing.
O’Kane has also been mentioned alongside WBO world middlweight champion Andy Lee in an all-Irish world title fight but Fitzpatrick clearly sees plenty of opportunities for the Banagher man Stateside.
“We are looking at (WBO champion) Andy Lee - two Irishmen fighting for a world title,” said Fizpatrick.
“Eamonn picked up a nasty cut in his fight (against Lewis Taylor) and that is going to take around five to six weeks to heal up,” he said.
“We’ve been talking to Gary Hyde, Hassan N’Dam’s manager, about a fight should he win the (IBF) world title.
“But I think the next move is to take Eamonn to the east coast of America as Irish fighters go down well there.”
I think the next move is to take Eamonn to the east coast of America as Irish fighters go down well there.Paddy Fitzpatrick