Tough O’Kane absorbs record number of power shots in middleweight fight

Probably not a record Eamonn O’Kane will boast about, but if nothing else being on the end of a record number of power shots in his IBF World title eliminator with Tureano Johnson in Madison Square Garden on Saturday night and making it to the final bell does show the Derry middleweight is one tough man.

According to CompuBox Johnson, who via a 118-108, 117-109, 119-107 points win earns the right to challenge Gennady Golovkin for his IBF World title, landed 58 percent of the power punches he threw over the entertaining 12 round battle.

396 of his 687 power shots found the target, and that punch connect ratio also set a new record for a middleweight fight since CompuBox records began.

Surprisingly, Bernard Hopkins, who was economical to say the least in the later stages of his career,  was the previous custodian of the record landing 375 against William Joppy back in 2003.

O’Kane, who threw more punches than Johnson in the clash, was down twice in the first round, but was live for the remaining stanzas and, as the stats confirm, more than absorbed Johnson’s best.

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