Long arduous road ahead of Sheffield rookie fighter Sam O’Maison

Learning the ropes: Sam O'Maison knows he has much to improve to reach the pinnacle of the sport.           PICTURE: steve parkin
Learning the ropes: Sam O'Maison knows he has much to improve to reach the pinnacle of the sport. PICTURE: steve parkin
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SAM O’Maison dreams of one day being a world champion and a millionaire.

But the rookie Shiregreen boxer is acutely aware he has much to learn to establish himself as a household name in the sport. Many challenges, obstacles and years of hard graft lie ahead of O’Maison.

Nonetheless, the 21-year-old is confident in his ability and determined to compete at the highest level.

He told The Star: “I think I can get to the top. Without a doubt. When I am in the ring, everything feels natural.”

O’Maison faces Johnny Greaves on the undercard of the Kell Brook ‘Edge Of Glory’ show at Sheffield’s Motorpoint Arena on Saturday aiming to build on his solid debut victory over Kristian Laight.

An area O’Maison, who trains at the Ingle’s Wincobank gym, is looking to improve is his jab.

“I have been told I am a hard hitter and hopefully I will prove that on Saturday but I know I have to learn to use my jab a lot more and pick my shots better,” he acknowledged. “I know I have got to not rush my shots as much.”

Lightweight O’Maison says sparring with stablemate Brook has helped his development. Headline act Brook takes on Carson Jones for the for the IBF International Welterweight title.

He said: “I am learning something new every time I step into the ring with him. I always jump at the chance to spar with Kell.

“He is looking the strongest I have ever seen him right now. Kids have been chucking bombs at him and he either blocks or takes them.”

After a rigorous seven-week training camp, O’Maison is relishing the prospect of performing in front of a 6,000 plus crowd.

“It is going to be another step up for me,” he admitted. “Some people fold under pressure while others rise to the occasion.

“Hopefully I will perform better.”