Sheffield fighter ‘will be ready for world scene soon’

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Ryan Rhodes expects to learn more about his protégé on Friday night.

The trainer pitches Sam O’maison into six-round conference against a fighter who has been in with some of the best super lightweights in the country.

O’maison takes on Lukasz Janik, a 41 fight veteran who was stopped by the unbeaten Robbie Davies Jnr but went the distance with Jack Catterall, Glenn Foot, Darren Tetley, Ricky Boylan, Lewis Benson and Barnsley’s Andy Townend.

In 2014, he even boxed Jo Jo Dan, who was knocked out by Kell Brook a year later. Rhodes said: “I think we’ll get to know more about Sam’s level in the way he tackles this opponent. Janik has been in with guys in the top 10 in the British rankings and has rarely been stopped, so if Sam can do that, it will get him noticed.”

O’maison has had two opponents pull out through injury, including Westfield’s Lee Connelly. But he knows the dangers he faces in coming up against the 28-year-old Pole. “After this test, we hope to press on and get Sam into a position where he can go after and English or even British belt” said Rhodes.

“After that, maybe in another year, it will be about getting him on to the world scene.

“He will be ready for that.”