John Ryder defeated Eamonn O'Kane in London to keep his unbeaten record intact

Last Updated: 09/12/12 12:27am

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John Ryder (R) rode the storm to come out victorious against Eamonn O'Kane (Pic leighdawneyphotography.com )

John Ryder (R) rode the storm to come out victorious against Eamonn O'Kane (Pic leighdawneyphotography.com )

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Islington middleweight John Ryder extended his unbeaten record to 13 wins with an eighth-round stoppage of Eamonn O'Kane.

Enjoying his first exposure live on Sky Sports, the promising 24-year-old withstood O'Kane's big bombs to gradually assert himself.

The Northern Irishman, who won Prizefighter in Belfast earlier this year, had taken the fight at late notice but his hunger was plain to see as he took the fight to Ryder early on.

O'Kane's agricultural swings played into the hands of Ryder though, whose smarter, slicker work was much more pleasing on the eye.

The Dungiven man continued to make the running although his lunging attacks became increasingly predictable although he remained dangerous while had Ryder in range.

But gradually the Londoner wore his man down and after O'Kane's early bid for glory the petrol guage was starting to flicker heading into the later stages of the 10-rounder.

The start of the eight saw the beginning of the end, a jolting straight left hand shaking O'Kane to his boots and although he ploughed bravely on, a volley of shots brought matters to a swift conclusion with referee Howard Foster having seen enough.

"It was a tougher test that who I was supposed to be fighting but I had good preparation prior to that," Ryder told Sky Sports.

"I tried to meet him on the way in and connect with double the force. A British title fight would be nice."

Promoter Eddie Hearn is looking to put Ryder in with Billy Joe Saunders, who will be looking to add the vacant British title to his Commonwealth strap next week.

"We'll have one eye on Billy Joe Saunders and that's the kind of fight we want to make for the summer with one more fight for John in the spring."

Also on the Olympia bill Erick Ochieng retained his English light-middleweight title with a unanimous points victory over Max Maxwell.

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