O’Meara to use Mayweather sparring as inspiration for Warren Jnr’s debut show

Steve O’Meara aims to take inspiration from pound-for-pound king Floyd Mayweather Jnr when he steps into the ring for his Southern Area light middleweight title bout against Ryan Toms.

O’Meara features as chief support to the Commonwealth Super-Featherweight clash between Liam Walsh and Paul Appleby at the York Hall, Bethnal Green on Friday 30th September.

The show is the debut of Queensberry Promotions, headed by Frank Warren’s sons Francis and George.  Tickets are close to sell out and O’Meara is after more for his fans.

Last year, ahead of his appearance in Prizefighter, O’Meara, along with former British Super-Middleweight Champion James DeGale, had some sparring sessions with Mayweather at the American’s gym.

“The physical experience of sparring with him (Floyd Mayweather) was unbelievable and it is something I will always remember,” Said the West Drayton fighter.

“It also had an affect on me mentally sharing a ring with him. Floyd Mayweather is obviously the biggest name but I’ve sparred a lot of good fighters and I’ve always felt I’ve done well.

“Whenever I’m coming up for a fight or I need that mental strength, the sparring with Floyd Mayweather, Carl Froch, DeGale and Darren Barker, spending time in the ring with these types of fighters makes you mentally strong.”

O’Meara has had two loses on his record but has bounced back strongly after both and looks to continue his winning ways after victory last time out against Andrew Alan Lowe.

“I’ve tasted defeat and know what it feels like, I’m not scared of losing, I just want to win. Hopefully on September 30th I can show I’m a few levels above Southern Area title standard,” said the 27-year-old.

“I watched Ryan’s last match against Pat McAleese, there’s some good stuff but having watched him I feel like it is my fight to lose. He’s unbeaten and no fight against an unbeaten fighter is going to be easy because he doesn’t know how to use yet, but unfortunately I’ll be the one to show him.”

Both O’Meara and Toms are from west London and will be heading east for their showdown at the York Hall.

“The York Hall is almost like a home ground now,” he said. “The atmosphere is great in there and there isn’t a bad seat in the house,

“Ryan is from my neck of the woods as well, so it’ll be a bit of a derby. We don’t personally know each other but we know a lot of the same people. There is a lot of interest in our area around the fight,

“I’ve done well on my tickets and I’m after some more, but Francis and George are saying it’s close to sell out now. I’ve got a crowd coming down to see me and I’m going to win the title.”

DAILY SPORT wishes Francis and George every success with there new venture.

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