Eamonn O'Kane wins to boost world title prospects

Eamonn O'Kane
Eamonn O'Kane was Northern Ireland's boxing captain at the 2010 Commonwealth Games in Delhi

Eamonn O'Kane boosted his hopes of getting a crack at the IBF middleweight world title by beating Derbyshire's Lewis Taylor on Saturday night.

O'Kane, 33, took the contest in Lavey, Co Londonderry, on points to retain his Inter-Continental belt.

The 2010 Commonwealth Games gold medallist won on two of the scorecards with the other judge viewing the 12-round bout as a 114-114 draw.

It was a first defeat for Taylor, 25, in his 18th professional contest.