O’Meara determined to make up for lost time against Randell

PUBLISHED: 16:40 13 September 2012

Steve O'Meara

Steve O'Meara

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Steve O’Meara is aiming to kick-start his career when he finally returns to the ring on Friday after the frustration of a nine-month hiatus.

The former Dale Youth ABC light-middleweight appeared to be on the verge of a major title fight at the start of this year after dispatching Ryan Toms and Nathan Weise in successive first-round knockouts.

But O’Meara has been out of action ever since – a March fight was scrapped because of an injury to headliner George Groves and a virus then ruled him out of a high-profile clash with Bradley Pryce two months later.

And the 28-year-old is anxious to make up for lost time when he makes his comeback in a six-rounder against Birmingham journeyman Tony Randell at York Hall.

“This is the one to hopefully get the ring rust off and get some momentum back,” O’Meara told the Times. “I’m hoping to get another one in November or December and then on to a title fight at the start of next year.

“I’ve been sparring 10 or 12 rounds in the gym and I’m in as good shape as I’ve ever been, although through unfortunate circumstances I haven’t done a whole round in over a year.

“Just when I’d really got some momentum going I’ve stalled a bit, but I do believe everything happens for a reason – even if I don’t know what that reason is yet.”

Randell, a former Midlands area middleweight champion, has previously fought Prince Arron, Brian Rose – the current holder of the British light-middleweight crown – and Billy Joe Saunders, who tops the bill on Friday.

But he has lost to all of them and should not cause too much trouble for O’Meara, who has the likes of Rose and Commonwealth champion Jamie Cox firmly in his sights.

“This division’s wide open – it’s begging for someone to take control of it and there’s no reason why I can’t be that man,” added O’Meara. “The top 10 need to fight each other and see who comes out on top.

“Cox and Rose are the ones everyone’s chasing because they’ve got the titles. They’re both top titles but the British belt is the one I really want and I’m not worried about who’s got it.”

Undefeated Wembley welterweight Gary Corcoran also features on the undercard of Friday’s Frank Warren Promotions show, against an as yet unnamed opponent.

Corcoran’s elder brother Eddie had been due to face Kris Agyei-Dua for the vacant Southern Area light-middleweight title the following night at York Hall, but pulled out with a back injury.

Also on Saturday, Kilburn middleweight Alan Higgins is aiming for his second professional victory when he faces Richard Hajdu in Seinajoki, Finland.

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