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Unlucky Steve'O slips up in semis

PUBLISHED: 15:21 03 March 2010 | UPDATED: 14:55 24 August 2010

Brett Flournoy (red/gold shorts) defeats Steve O'Meara in the Semi-Final of Prizefighter 'The Light Middleweights' at York Hall, Bethnal Green, promoted by Matchroom Sports / Barry Hearn - 26/02/10 - MANDATORY CREDIT: Gavin Ellis/TGSPHOTO - Self billing applies where appropriate - Tel: 0845 094 6026

Brett Flournoy (red/gold shorts) defeats Steve O'Meara in the Semi-Final of Prizefighter 'The Light Middleweights' at York Hall, Bethnal Green, promoted by Matchroom Sports / Barry Hearn - 26/02/10 - 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 feels bad luck and tactical errors cost him Prizefighter glory – and his unbeaten record – at a packed York Hall. O Meara s 10-fight unbeaten record was ended when he narrowly lost a closely-contested s

By Ziad Chaudry

FORMER Dale Youth star Steve O'Meara feels bad luck and tactical errors cost him Prizefighter glory - and his unbeaten record - at a packed York Hall.

O'Meara's 10-fight unbeaten record was ended when he narrowly lost a closely-contested semi-final to Brett Flourney in the light-middleweight series on Friday.

The 26-year-old had comfortably outpointed Midlands Area champion Martin Concepcion in the first round and was backed by many to claim the £32,000 first prize.

But fitness fanatic O'Meara failed to sway the judges with his aggressive 'in your face' style over three rounds against Flourney, going down on a split decision 28-29, 29-28, 28-29.

"I should have won that quite easily," admitted O'Meara, who is trained by former European featherweight champion Jim McDonnell. "It just didn't fall for me on the night.

"You need a bit of luck and I should have got my tactics right. I tried to force it too much - I had to try to make the fight, which probably fell into his hands a little bit.

"Sometimes over three rounds you haven't really got time to adapt as quickly as you'd like to, but it would have been completely different if it was a six-round contest.

"It's not good to have a loss on my record - I really believed I was going to win the tournament. Obviously I didn't win it but I honestly believe I was the best fighter in the competition.

"But I had a lot of good comments from people after the fight so this will spur me on. I'm now looking to progress up the rankings and get the titles I always wanted."

In keeping with most of the previous nine Prizefighter tournaments, it was 5-1 outsider Prince Arron Jones from Manchester who claimed the top prize, ousting southpaw Flourney in the final.

KILBURN light-welterweight Ashley Theophane was on the wrong end of a split decision against unbeaten Danny Garcia in El Paso, Texas, on Friday.

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