Toms ready for O’Meara clash

Northholt’s unbeaten light-middleweight Ryan Toms is in confident mood ahead of his showdown with fellow west Londoner Steve O’Meara.

Toms (pictured above) will put his southern-area title and unblemished professional record on the line against O’Meara at Bethnal Green’s York Hall on 30 September.

“I’m feeling really sharp and to be honest I wish the fight was tonight,” Toms, 29, told West London Sport.

“My training’s going really well, my weight’s exactly where it should be and the sparring has been great.

“He [O’Meara] is a good technician and quite slick. I’ll be looking to hit him with some good shots and break him down.”

The match-up not only throws together two local fighters, but also men whose hopes of being footballers were ruined by broken legs.

Toms, a Chelsea fan, was on the books at QPR and Charlton as a youngster before suffering his fracture, while O’Meara was with Brentford prior to his.

O’Meara, who was born in Shepherd’s Bush and now lives in West Drayton, initially started boxing as part of his fitness regime while recovering from the injury.

He has won 13 of his 15 professional bouts, while Toms improved his record to 9-0 with a commanding fourth-round stoppage of Pat McAleese at Wembley Arena last month.

It was Toms’ most impressive performance so far and means a win against O’Meara, 27, could pave the way for a shot at the British title currently held by Manchester’s Prince Arron.

Toms said: “There’s talk about this fight basically being an eliminator for the British title so it’s a good opportunity.

“I’m improving all the time and showed that in the fight against McAleese. This is another test for me and I’m feeling really confident.”