Malaga mission for title-hungry Sheffield boxer

Sam O'maison, a man of a mission. Picture by Andy Garner
Sam O'maison, a man of a mission. Picture by Andy Garner
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Sam O’maison has been granted the fight he has craved for years - one that will both test his abilities and could put him on the road to a world title.

The Sheffield-born southpaw will try and take the IBF International super lightweight title off its Spanish champion, in his own back yard.

O’maison will fly to Malaga to take on Luca Giacon, who has won 29 and lost one. All but four of Giacon’s wins have come via knockout.

The Spaniard only won the title last month, courtesy of a fifth round stoppage.

The 29-year-old will be heavy favourite, ahead of the duel on August 5.

But O’maison’s trainer Ryan Rhodes believes the stacked odds will count for nothing.

Luca Giacon

Luca Giacon

“Going into a fight like this, away from home, with a hostile crowd against us, may seem daunting, but we are confident.

“This kid has lost once and that was in a European lightweight title fight.

“When I discussed it with Sam, I mentioned the possibility of having to do extra well to persuade the judges, but he says his left and right hands will be the judge.

“We think he has got the style to upset a very strong opponent” said Rhodes.

“He had no hesitation whatsoever and we are buzzing that this opportunity has come his way.”

A win would propel the boxer - who lives in Waverley - into the top 15 in the IBF category.

“That would be a great step forward for Sam. The IBF champion could decided to take a voluntary against Sam when he is in that position.”

Rhodes will now throw together as comprehensive a training schedule as possible in the limited time-span, including sparring sessions with Tyne and Wear boxer Lewis Ritson, who himself is preparing to face Darfield’s Robbie Barrett in a scrap for the British lightweight title in Sheffield on September 16.

“His opponent has been in some great fights, but we’ll be ready to bring the belt back to Sheffield.”

Rhodes, a Sheffield Wednesday fan, says O’maison, 26, will repeat the feat Sheffield United managed last Friday - winning in Malaga.

The boxer (W14 L1) can’t wait for the trip. He posted on social media: “I will be bringing that title home. This is what I’ve been training for and working towards for many years. Once this title comes home with us I’ll put on a massive show and in Sheffield and defend it in front of all you guys.”

He added: “This is fate. This is what’s supposed to happen. This is God’s work.”

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