O’Meara ready for title defence

Steve O’Meara will aim to stay on course for a shot at a major title when he faces Nathan Weise at Bethnal Green’s York Hall on Wednesday night.

It will be O’Meara’s first defence of the southern area light-middleweight belt he won with a stunning first-round knockout of fellow West Londoner Ryan Toms at the same venue in September.

The 27-year-old hopes to challenge for the British or Commonwealth title next year and expects to see off Thamesmead boxer Weise, whose last fight was, ironically, a draw against Toms.


“All the training’s done and the weight’s never been a problem for me, so I’m ready to go,” O’Meara told West London Sport.

“I’ve seen a bit of Weise and he seems decent. He looks like a boxer rather than a banger and has a good left-right combination.

“But if I’m going to get to where I think I can be, I need to be getting past fights like this and that’s what I intend to do.”

Weise, also 27, has a record of 7-1-2 and will be the underdog against O’Meara (14-2), who could face British champion Brian Rose in 2012.

O’Meara, who was born in Shepherd’s Bush and lives in West Drayton, was touted as a future opponent for Prince Aaron before the 6ft 3in Mancunian lost the Lonsdale belt when he was beaten on points by Rose last month.

“Funny enough that fight went exactly as I believed a fight between myself and Aaron would have gone,” said O’Meara.

“Fair play to Brian Rose, though. He got there first and went in there and did what I’d have looked to do.

“I just have to make sure I do the business on Wednesday. I want to move forward and don’t want any slip-ups.”


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