Unlucky Steve'O slips up in semis
PUBLISHED: 15:21 03 March 2010 | UPDATED: 14:55 24 August 2010
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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.