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O'Kane expected to join Milano Thunder

Updated: Saturday, 08 Jan 2011 18:59

Eamonn O'Kane shows off his Commonwealth gold
Eamonn O'Kane shows off his Commonwealth gold

Belfast middleweight Eamonn O'Kane has headed for a trial with Milan in the World Series of Boxing (WSB).

O’Kane, who claimed a bronze medal for Ireland at the 2008 European Championships, is expected to be offered a contract next Friday with the Italian side who are competing in a four-team WSB European group.

O'Kane captained the Northern Ireland side, winning gold into the bargain, to a record haul of three gold and two silver medals at the 2010 Commonwealth Games in Delhi, India.

The 28-year-old, an eight-time Ulster senior champion who boxes out of the Immaculata BC, is one of Ireland's most experienced boxers and has traded leather with Andy Lee, the late Darren Sutherland and Darren O'Neill at Irish Senior level.

Commentating on his decision to move to Milan, O'Kane said that he was looking forward to an exciting new direction in his career, adding that he felt that the WSB offered the world's top amateur boxers a viable alternative to professional boxing.

Milan, nicknamed Milano Thunder, are presently joint top of the table with Paris United, who signed Ireland's John Joe Nevin at the start of the WSB season, in the European group.

Meanwhile, Ken Egan's Miami Gallos side moved to second spot in the table behind Los Angeles in the Americas group with a 4-1 home win over Memphis Force.

Egan wasn't in the side as he is serving a medical suspension. However, the Neilstown southpaw will return to action for back-to-back fixtures against Los Angeles this month.

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