Eamonn O'Kane

Dungiven middleweight Eamonn O'Kane will now challenge for the IBF Intercontinental strap when takes on former European middleweight champion Kerry Hope on the undercard of Carl Frampton's tussle with Jeremy Parodi on October 19.

The clash has originally been scheduled for the vacant BBBofC Celtic title, but Cyclone Promotions have made a sanctioning agreement with the IBF.

It means that the winner will earn themselves a high ranking with the US-based body.

 "I am thrilled that the IBF have recognised this fantastic match up as a worthy decider for their well respected Intercontinental belt," said promoter and Hall of Fame inductee Barry McGuigan.

"Cyclone Promotions have a very good working relationship with the International Boxing Federation and long may this continue.

"In what we all expect to be a fantastic scrap next Saturday, Eamonn faces a former European champion who will now have additional motivation to win this fight. However, O'Kane is always in shape and he will be ready."

10/10/2013 21:31:41