Super Welterweight prospect, Jake O’Meara will forgo his third ring walk as a professional this Saturday night.
As the year ends, O’Meara reflects on his first year as a professional with FightTalk.net, with two convincing performances marking his entrance into the paid ranks.
The 26-year-old is due to appear on the MTK London bill on Saturday, as he joins the long list of Matthew Macklin prospects preparing to showcase their talent at the Brentwood Centre. Cool and relaxed, O’Meara was confident as he looked ahead to his next outing.
‘’Training has gone smooth. I only boxed in October, had a few days off then I was back in the gym. I am in a good place. I am a bit of gym rat as well, so I am never too far away from a gym really.’’
A win is never a guaranteed entity in any boxing match up. But it should not be confused that every fighter must have time to adapt, adjust and accustomed to the professional ranks. These are the fights where the win is expected, and the lessons learned from each encounter often prove more useful than another ‘W’ on the resume. Eager to continue his journey, Jake looked eagerly ahead into the new year and beyond.
‘’I expect next year to be pretty similar to 2017. Just keep working my way up the ladder. Improving and developing as a fighter and in the gym. Hopefully a successful 2018.’’
A jovial character, combined with an amateur background that suggests big things could be possible in the professional game, O’Meara was soon snapped of by the boxing management tycoon of MTK Global. The Brentwood Centre has played host for his previous two pro fight’s, with ‘Mack The Knife’ providing the platform for the 154lbs fighter to ply his trade.
‘’Having MTK behind me is great. You only have to look at their last two signings in Tyson Fury and Carl Frampton to know they are making moves in the UK and Ireland. It’s brilliant.’’
‘’I plan on having a successful career with them and it would be good to fight on either Fury or Frampton’s undercard. They are not only the biggest names in British boxing but in world boxing as well. I think it is no coincidence that a lot of fighters are signing with MTK. They are well known for looking after their fighters. Not only your big names like Fury and Frampton, but the prospects are well. The future is bright. Definitely.’’
Currently training at the East Ruisely, an hour from his Ealing home, the McCaw boxing gym provides not only a place of work for the young fighter, but a close-knit unit pushing him to his limits each day to help his career.
‘’I have a great team behind, with Adam Martin as my boxing coach and Dan Lawrence as my strength and conditioner. I couldn’t speak highly enough about the pair of them really. I have full confidence I have the right people behind me, taking my career forward.’’
Boxing differs from other sports. For some young men and women, the love affair is like a cheese or a fine wine, gently matured over years and blooming in later life. O’Meara opted to play football for most of his adolescent years. However, the draw of the ‘sweet science’ was always too much, as Jake delved into his family’s rich boxing history, past and present.
‘’I was more into football than boxing, growing up as a youngster. I got into boxing relatively late compared to other fighters. I’m not too sure how it came about. I’ve got boxing in the family. My dad was a pro, my cousin was a pro and my brother boxes. When I packed in football, I was looking for another buzz. I’ve always been a keen sportsman, so I thought, why not boxing?’’
The boots may be long hung up, but the keen eye for football remains. His Uncle a Tottenham fan, the rivalry with his beloved West Ham continued his passion for ‘the beautiful game’; even as 26-year-old described his high’s and low’s of 2017, football stilled played on the mind.
‘’My first year as a professional has gone great and gone to plan. The highs would have to be the debut. Even though it was in May, it is still fresh in my mind and I hold it very fondly. I’m now 2-0, soon to be 3-0 this Saturday. I’m fighting in Brentwood on the MTK Show. There have been no lows; the only low, not to do with my boxing career, is West Ham starting the season so badly.’’
O’Meara’s journey into boxing started late, aged 19. Quickly progressing on from humble beginnings at Hooks ABC, the London boy excelled at the renown Dale Youth Academy, which was tragically lost in the Grenfell Tower horror show of July. A pain felt by many young fighters, as a beacon of hopes, dreams and fond memories perished. The mantra and heart of the club will always live on, even if in temporary accommodation for now. An inspiring cathedral of boxing promise, the club walls plastered with a rich array of boxing history and prestige, a young Jake O’Meara did not have to look far for inspiration.
‘’I think at being at such a well renown amateur club in Dale Youth, in Notting Hill has definitely helped me develop as a fighter. Being at such a great club, being in the gym, being surrounded by top fighters. You only had to look on the walls in the gym and see pictures of James DeGale, George Groves, John O Donnell, the list goes on; you just looked at that and thought ‘I want my picture to be up there one day’. That definitely gave me an edge.’’
Friday night stands as the next hurdle in the promising career of Jake O’Meara. The heart and the personality is there, and under the guidance of the ever growing MTK Global, who knows what 2018 may bring for the London Super Welterweight.
Follow Jake’s journey on Twitter and Instagram: @jakeomeara1
Written by Tom Humber