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O'Kane on mission to conquer world

Eamonn O'Kane is Irish middleweight champion and also holds the WBC International Silver middleweight belt.

On the Frampton-Martinez undercard on September 6, O'Kane meets Virgilijus Stapulionis (23-3, 16 KOs) in an IBF Intercontinental middleweight title fight.

As the stats show, O'Kane's Lithuanian opponent can punch. In 2012, his brutal 
first-round knock-out of former Commonwealth and IBO light middleweight champion Richard Williams ended the Londoner's career.

With his eyes on a future world title, O'Kane knows he has a job to do against the Lithuanian.

"I'm in the top ten in the world," he says. "I need to be tested against boxers of this guy's calibre. I want to let all middleweights in the world know I'm coming for them."

Promoter Barry McGuigan knows that every bout on the Titanic Showdown on September 6 has the potential to be a history-making fight.

Pointing to Eamonn O'Kane, he says: 
"Sam Soliman is the current champ. I believe he's beatable. If Eamonn can win in style there are endless opportunities for 'King Kane' on the world scene."

McGuigan protege Conrad Cummings, who made his pro debut in February, will have his fourth pro fight on the night.

His Polish opponent, Robert Talarek (31), is a fighting machine. With five wins this year already, he's has derailed the prospects of a number of hotly-tipped fighters across Europe.

"He's a tough test for Conrad," says McGuigan. "He frequently upsets the odds."

Cummings knows he can take nothing for granted. "He's given fighters nightmares," he says. "But I have to be beating guys like this. He'll push me to perform at my best."