O’Meara sets his sights on British and Commonwealth titles

PUBLISHED: 15:01 21 December 2011

Steve O'Meara defeats Nathan Weise

Steve O'Meara defeats Nathan Weise

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Steve O’Meara wants to contest a major title early in the new year after ending 2011 with another breathtaking first round stoppage.

O’Meara floored challenger Nathan Weise with a stunning right hook after just 51 seconds to retain his Southern Area light-middleweight belt last week.

Now the former Dale Youth ABC fighter, who took his professional record to 15 wins from 17 bouts, is hoping for an opportunity to challenge for either the British or Commonwealth title in 2012.

“I haven’t been calling anyone out but other people seem to be doing the talking for me, saying I’m ready and I should be fighting for a British or Commonwealth title,” O’Meara told the Times.

“I’ve always felt I’m above Southern Area level, now I’m showing it. I think those fights are just waiting to happen but it depends on the politics and what’s going on behind the scenes.

“For me the British title is probably a bit more prestigious but I would like to have both. If I was Commonwealth champion I’d still want the British title after that.

“I’d like to fight again in February and, if they say I’m not going to get a title shot until April, I’d rather defend the Southern Area belt again than keep waiting.”

O’Meara, who turns 28 on New Year’s Eve, wrested the Southern Area crown from Ryan Toms in September, stopping the reigning champion in the first round.

In the build-up to last week’s fight at York Hall, Weise – whose record included a draw against Toms – had questioned his opponent’s ability to reproduce that kind of finish again.

But he was left in no doubts about O’Meara’s strength after that right-hander sent him thudding to the canvas, prompting referee Ken Curtis to halt the contest immediately.

O’Meara admitted: “I was working and waiting to send that right hand over, but I never expected to knock Weise out so quickly – he had some skills and he hadn’t lost for a few years.

“But I’d seen a few interviews saying he didn’t think I had the power and the most satisfying thing was to go in there and knock him out. Anyone who thought that was a lucky punch against Toms knows different now.

“I know that, if I land the correct shots, I’ll win. Now I’m going to enjoy Christmas and New Year and hopefully come January 2 or 3 I’ll be getting a call about a title fight.”

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