O’Meara ready to seize title chance

Steve O’Meara is determined to take his chance to become Commonwealth champion this weekend.

He faces Liam Smith for the vacant title on the same bill as George Groves’ showdown with Glen Johnson at ExCel London.

O’Meara, who was born in Shepherd’s Bush and lives in West Drayton, has won his last three fights with early knockouts to put himself in the frame for a title shot.

And he believes unbeaten Liverpudlian Smith will feel his power in their light-middleweight clash on Saturday night, which is being screened on Box Nation.

“The training’s gone really well, everything’s spot-on, and I just can’t wait for it now,” O’Meara told West London Sport.

“Liam Smith’s a good fighter and I do respect him, but I believe I’m going to have too much for him on the night.

“People used to say I was a good boxer, if only I could punch. But I’ve added the power now as people have seen in my last few fights.

“That means the opponent doesn’t know whether they’ll face someone who’ll box them or who’s going to try to knock them out, as I can do either.

“Smith comes forward and I think if he does that against me he’s going to have a problem.”

O’Meara, previously the southern area champion, has been in contention for a shot at the British or Commonwealth titles for some time.

“I’m just glad it’s on now and I’m looking to get in there and do the job,” he added.

“I’ll have good support there and this is the opportunity I’ve been waiting for.”

West London Sport will have live updates from ExCel London during Groves and O’Meara’s title fights.



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