O’Meara camp advise caution on Selkirk rematch rumours

PUBLISHED: 10:52 23 November 2011

Steve O'Meara

Steve O'Meara


Steve O’Meara must get more rounds under his belt before taking a rematch with unbeaten Joe Selkirk, according to trainer Jim McDonnell.

The former Dale Youth ABC amateur had been lined up to take on Obodai Sai for the Commonwealth light-middleweight title, but holder Jamie Cox has since been granted more time to make a defence of the belt.

That has led to speculation that 27-year-old O’Meara, the Southern Area champion, could take on Liverpudlian Selkirk – who beat him on points a year ago – instead.

McDonnell said: “The Commonwealth title would have been a good fight and a good scalp, but that’s not happening now. I’d like Steve to have 10 rounds next, because he’s only had one eight-rounder so far.

“They’re talking about a rematch with Selkirk, but I wouldn’t take it at this stage because Steve needs a 10-rounder.

“He’s sparred with Floyd Mayweather, Carl Froch, Darren Barker and James DeGale and I know there’s a future champion in the making. The only thing at the moment is experience and time – next year he can definitely become a champion.”

The possibility of a match-up with Selkirk was given added credence when O’Meara’s promoter Frank Warren switched his December 9 show from London to Liverpool’s Echo Arena.

DeGale – who is also trained by McDonnell – will be defending his WBO inter-continental super-middleweight title against the experienced Spaniard Jose Maria Guerrero in Liverpool.

Hammersmith star George Groves, who tops the bill alongside DeGale, is also due to defend his British and Commonwealth belts on the show.

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