John Duddy Maddison Square Garden fight nights are the stuff of legend and as a fellow Derry man are something Eamonn O’Kane is well aware of.
King Kane gets to emulate the Derry fight great when he fights at the iconic venue in the biggest fight of his career on October 17, but is determined to remain focused on the clash and not the occasion.
A shot at the winner of the headliners Gennady Golovkin’s and David Lemieux’s eagerly anticipated clash is at stake when O’Kane takes on Tureano Johnson and securing a World title shot is paramount in the middleweight’s mind.
“I heard all the hype about John Duddy at Madison Square Garden and it’s like the mecca of boxing,” said O’Kane.
“There’s no bigger stage than Madison Square Garden. It’s exciting but I’m trying not to let that distract me. I’m focussed on what I’m good at.
“I can sit back in years to come and look back at where I fought. For now I have to focus on getting myself ready.”
Johnson would represent the biggest test in the 33 year old’s career, but the likeable and hard working pro is adamant he can expose the Bahama natives weaknesses on the undercard of the most eagerly anticipated clash of the year.
“I don’t fear him one bit,” said O’Kane. “Yes he’s got a good record but he’s been exposed as well. I’ll be in great shape and I’m looking forward to putting it altogether and giving Tuereano Johnson a few surprises.”