Sheffield boxer is becoming a KO king

Sam O'maison doesn't like to keep his fans hanging about.

Sunday, 22nd May 2016, 11:20 am
Updated Sunday, 22nd May 2016, 11:26 am
Sam O'maison v Mark McKray

In his previous fight, his opponent didn’t last a minute. On Saturday, at Sheffield United’s ground, his punishment of Mark McKray lasted as long as the second round when the ref mercifully stepped in.

The records will show the Walkley super lightweight successfully defended British Classic Challenge belt. And while more meaningful opponents and titles remain on the horizon, you wouldn’t bet against the super-fit O’maison, who has given up his job as a postman to concentrate on a ring career.

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Ryan Rhodes’ top man wants to step up after stopping an opponent who was beaten by Barnsley’ pair Andy Townend last November and Ben Wager in 2012. The southpaw (W13 L1) has now KO’d six of his last ten opponents which tells you something about his punching ability.

O’maison said: “I gave up work because if you give 50% of your time to work and 50% to boxing you cannot give 100% in the ring. I’m hoping for an English title eliminator on July 23, next. But one phone call can change things and give you a great opportunity.”

It was a mixed night for two Sheffield debutants. Chris Dutton won 39-37 and was confidently in control throughout against Mitch Mitchell. Joel Palmer fell to a 40-36 reverse. Bantamweight Loua Nassa moved to seven straight wins, outpointing Luke Fash.

Rhodes posted on Facebook: So proud of the boys. They all did extremely well. Sam O’maison what can I say, the power, the speed and the movement...Chris didn’t get involved and boxed great, Loua Nassa stuck to a game plan and boxed great and Joel Palmer? Two years ago started training for a white collar charity fight and now a pro boxer, tell me if you know anyone who’s done this? He didn’t get the decision but we are all so proud of all our fighters.”

Sam O'maison gets the KO at the Lane. Pics: Dean Woolley
Chris Dutton celebrates his win
Sam O'maison gets the KO at the Lane. Pics: Dean Woolley
Chris Dutton celebrates his win