Tureano Johnson wants his shot at middleweight gold
Middleweight contender Tureano Johnson has been itching for a step-up fight.
He’s volunteered and cajoled and trolled and done everything short of hiring a sky writer to post a plea in the sky.
But the Bahamian boxer isn’t in a state of despair. No, he’s gearing up for a fight date. On Oct. 17, he will take on 14-1-1 Irishman Eamonn O’Kane at MSG, in support of the Gennady Golovkin vs. David Lemieux main event.
Portions of the show will run on pay-per-view; will his tangle versus the Irishman?
“I’m not sure; that’s up to my promoter, Golden Boy [Promotions],” Johnson said.
“It’s going to be a fun fight that the fans will like if he brings his ‘A’ game,” the 31-year-old Johnson told me.
Not having seen O’Kane in person, I wondered, is he all that? “He’s a fighter and his team are going the extra mile for this fight. From training for a very long time to training with some of the best.”
And any news out of camp? “All I can say is, as much effort he has put into exposing me, like what he said he’s about to do to me. My focus is the same – to dispose of him.”
The stakes are high: Winner gets a crack at the IBF title, now held by Lemieux.
And who does Johnson, now training in DC, like in the MSG feature?
“Knockout,” he said. “Someone is getting knocked out. I give Triple G the edge.”