Eamonn O'Kane pledges to deliver in the Garden
EAMONN O’Kane says he’ll deliver the performance of his life at Madison Square Garden, New York tonight when he takes on middleweight contender Tureano Johnson.
Speaking at a press conference this week ‘King Kane’ said: “Wow, it’s a dream to be at the mecca of boxing Madison Square Garden to showcase my talent.
“I look forward to delivering.”
He’ll have to against Bahamas-born Johnson (18-1) who pledged to put on a “spectacular show” when he meets the Derry man (14-1) on the undercard of the Gennady Golovkin versus David Lemieux WBA, IBF and IBO middleweight unification rumble live on BoxNation.
“This is a great opportunity for me to show the talent that I have,” said Johnson.
“On Saturday, I will put on a spectacular show.
“If you don’t know me now, you will definitely know my name after Saturday. This fight goes beyond Eamonn O’Kane, I want to fight guys like Gennady Golovkin and David Lemieux and that is what I will do after I defeat O’Kane.”
Meanwhile, in the main event pound-for-pound ace Golovkin believes his clash with fellow hard-hitter David Lemieux (34-2) will rank alongside some of the middleweight division’s best ever.
The showdown pits together two of the world’s biggest punchers, who average a near 90 per cent knockout ratio between them, with the electrifying Golovkin saying that the clash will be an all-action affair to follow the great battles of the past.
“This is a true fight, an original fight,” said Golovkin (33-0).
“It’s going to be a present for people. Boxing isn’t a game; it’s very important who the true number one is. This is my big test and my first step to history and to a new story.
“This is my first unification fight and my first pay-per-view fight. It’s about being a true warrior and not just a business man. I love to fight, it’s that simple. I’m looking to knock him out.
“It’s like a long time ago when Marvin Hagler, Tommy Hearns and Sugar Ray Leonard all fought; it will be in this same style.
“I didn’t feel any pressure to get these big fights but I know every step is bigger and I know Lemieux is a strong guy, a dangerous guy.
“Everyone knows my style and it’s a very interesting fight for the fans and for television.”