Swindon based boxing coach, Paddy Fitzpatrick has had a busy few months with his stable being involved in numerous fights, most prominently middleweight Eamonn O’Kane, who lost a tough fight on the undercard of GGG vs Lemieux against Tureano Johnson on HBO pay per view at MSG.
Fitzpatrick believes there are many more exciting nights ahead for O’Kane, especially in domestic battles. “Spike O’Sullivan versus Eamonn O’Kane makes perfect sense, both are world ranked middleweights. All the titles will be tied up this year with unifications, GGG vs Canelo, Saunders, Jacobs will all be busy, so why not Spike and O’Kane?”
Packie Collins who trains Spike O’Sullivan out of the Celtic Warriors gym seems upbeat about the possibility of the fight happening according to Fitzpatrick “Myself and Packie Collins had a good conversation over the phone, we want the fight to happen at the right time for both men, the signs do look positive.”
“Spike is well known for his fights with Saunders and Eubank Jr., Eamonn O’Kane has been involved in some cracking fights and is also a Commonwealth gold medallist who recently appeared on HBO. This fight in my opinion sells 5,000 – 6,000 tickets on its own, easily.”
The former George Groves coach highlights that this fight can kick-start other opportunities for further British match-ups. “The fight can become an eliminator, O’Kane is ranked in the IBF top ten and Spike is ranked highly in the WBA. The winner could face anyone from John Ryder, Adam Etches, Chris Eubank Jr. and Tommy Langford in a final eliminator.”
Eamonn O’Kane is out next in Swindon on March 12th defending his IBF Inter-Continental belt.