Tuesday, March 31, 2009

O' Meara enjoys the Spotlight

Having brought over 300 supporters to his last outing at the York Hall, Wembley’s Steve O’Meara is expecting his fans to come out in their droves once again for his next bout at the famous London fight venue on April 11th. O’Meara is unbeaten in 6 pro fights and he will be hoping for lucky number 7 in London’s East End next month when he features on the undercard of the eagerly anticipated Craig Watson – John O’Donnell Commonwealth title fight. O’Meara’s last appearance at the York Hall saw him outpoint J.J. Bird in a fight that was shown live on ITV4 and he will be back in front of the ITV cameras again on April 11th on another Hennessy Sports event. The former footballer believes his playing career is one of the primary reasons why he has become such a popular ticket seller. “I made a lot of friends though football and a lot of those people come to my fights now so it’s great to have that kind of support,” said O’Meara who turned to boxing after a promising football career ended with a bad leg break. With almost a year’s apprenticeship served in the pro ranks the 25-year-old says he’s more than happy with his progression so far. “The main thing is to keep busy and to pick up as much experience as I can both in the gym sparring with guys and then in my fights as well. I didn’t have a lot of amateur experience behind me when I turned pro so I know I’ve an awful lot to learn.” Part of that learning process took him to the U.S. last year where he spent time in the notoriously tough gyms of Philadelphia ahead of a bout at the legendary Blue Horizon in the city last June. “That trip was a great experience for me. I spent time just going around the gyms in Philadelphia and sparring there. You have to gain their respect over there because when you walk into those gyms you’re a real outsider and it can be intimidating. Once they know you can fight though they respect you and it was a great to experience all the different styles over there. “To fight in the Blue Horizon really topped it off because it’s such a legendary fight club and all the greats have fought there over the years. It’s a lot like the York Hall in Bethnal Green with the balconies and there isn’t a bad seat in the place so there always a good atmosphere there.”O’Meara is part of an exciting undercard to the Craig Watson – John O’Donnell Commonwealth Welterweight title fight. The chief supporting contest features Lenny Daws and Peter McDonagh in a clash for the English Light Welterweight title while heavyweight sensation Tyson Fury, Bradley Evans, George Hillyard and Stephen Haughian also feature.

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