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Boxer Eamonn O'Kane eager to drive home his World middleweight title ambitions

By David Kelly

While the majority of the boxing fraternity will be fully focused on Manny Pacquiao and Floyd Mayweather, Eamonn O'Kane knows he needs a victory to keep his IBF World middleweight title hopes alive tomorrow night.

O'Kane, ranked seven in the IBF ratings, meets England's Lewis Taylor at the Lavey Sports Centre for the IBF inter-continental middleweight title.

The IBF world middleweight title is currently vacant and is due to be fought for on June 19 between Hassan N'Dam and David Lemieux. O'Kane is hoping he can be in the title mix after tomorrow night.

O'Kane said: "If N'Dam wins the World title, I have a great chance of fighting for the belt next because his manager Gary Hyde has already had talks with us and made it clear that he would be very keen to make the fight.

"So there's a lot riding on this fight for me and I expect it to be an exciting fight.

"Fighting at home is going to be special, what a night to be boxing on. It should be a great night for boxing fans here. They can come here and enjoy the fights and then go away and enjoy themselves before getting ready for Pacquaio and Mayweather which I believe is the biggest sporting event in my lifetime."

O'Kane feels that he is developing into a more rounded fighter as he closes in on a dream opportunity.

He added: "I have made a big sacrifice teaming up with Paddy, being away from my family, but it has to be done and it is already paying off.

"Everybody knows the way I was brawling before but you'll see a different fighter on May 2. I have to box more at the top level, you need more than just brute strength."

Belfast super-featherweight James Fryers has his own title aspirations, having moved up to 11 in the British rankings,.

Unbeaten Fryers meets Hungarian veteran Zoltan Horvath who has only been stopped twice in his career but the journeyman may well suffer another stoppage at the hands of Fryers.

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