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Steve'O can take his time

PUBLISHED: 16:34 17 December 2008 | UPDATED: 13:26 24 August 2010

Steve O'Meara (Wembley, black shorts) defeats Matt Scriven (Nottingham, red shorts) in a Light-Middleweight boxing contest at the Brentwood Centre, Essex promoted by Hennessy Sports -  13/12/08 - MANDATORY CREDIT: Gavin Ellis/TGSPHOTO - Self billing applies where appropriate - Tel: 0845 094 6026

Steve O'Meara (Wembley, black shorts) defeats Matt Scriven (Nottingham, red shorts) in a Light-Middleweight boxing contest at the Brentwood Centre, Essex promoted by Hennessy Sports - 13/12/08 - MANDATORY CREDIT: Gavin Ellis/TGSPHOTO - Self billing applies where appropriate - Tel: 0845 094 6026

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By Ziad Chaudry FORMER Dale Youth star Steve O Meara will continue on a learning curve in 2009, according to his promoter Mick Hennessy. The 24-year-old light-middleweight ended his first year pro account with five straight wins after overcoming an untidy

By Ziad Chaudry

FORMER Dale Youth star Steve O'Meara will continue on a learning curve in 2009, according to his promoter Mick Hennessy.

The 24-year-old light-middleweight ended his first year pro account with five straight wins after overcoming an untidy start to comfortably outpoint Nottingham's Matt Scriven 40-36 at Brentwood on Saturday.

And Hennessy, who also promotes Hammersmith welterweight John O'Donnell and recently crowned WBC world super-middleweight champion Carl Froch, is pleased with O'Meara's progress in the paid ranks, but says he still has much to learn.

"Steve will have more learning fights like that next year," said Hennessy.

"That was a great learning fight for him. The pro game is a tough business but Steve is getting the right fights.

"Steve's got a lot of talent - he's marketable and got a good large fan base. He just needs to get the right fights and the right progression, then we'll move him into title fights.

"Of course we will be looking at venues around his local west London area - you have to go where the fan base is."

The big-swinging but awkward Scriven, who recently took Kilburn welterweight Ashley Theophane the distance before losing on points, roughed-up O'Meara in the first of their four rounds.

An unsportsmanlike head butt left O'Meara with a cut over his left eyebrow, an injury that may keep him out of training for two months.

"I've had six stitches and the doctor advised me to lay off the sparring for a little while," said O'Meara, who is trained by former European featherweight champion Jim McDonnell.

"I felt the head straight away. I've never been cut before so it was a bit of an experience for me. He threw some big swings then after that round I don't think he landed.

"I'm happy with the performance but there are always going to be things I need to work on. I'm looking forward to getting some six-rounders for next year, then progress from there.

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