STEVE O'Meara insists it was a case of “now or never” after jacking in his day job to focus fully on his professional boxing career.
The West Drayton light-middleweight recently cruised to his eighth straight win, a record which prompted the 25-year-old to put his job as a personal trainer and fitness instructor on the backburner.
Now he is gearing up for his first scheduled eight round clash with Scott Walford at York Hall, Bethnal Green, on July 18.
Fighting on the undercard of the British Light Heavyweight title fight between Danny McIntosh and Nathan Cleverly, O'Meara is hoping another convincing triumph will nudge him a step closer to a shot at a Southern Area title.
“I'm still learning and training hard but things are going to plan so far,” he said. “I really enjoyed my job but if I'm going to take boxing seriously then these are the years where I've got to give it 100 per cent because you can't get them back once they're gone.
“I can always go back to the job but now I am happy to train three times a day and rest when I need to.”
O'Meara, who was once a promising footballer with Uxbridge and Hillingdon Borough, is eagerly anticipating his next fight and insists the extra training will pay off as he steps up to his first eight rounder.
“A Southern Area title fight is ten rounds so it makes sense for this next fight to be eight rounds,” added the Uxbridge College sports science graduate. “You have to be an all round athlete these days and I feel I'm becoming a proper pro now.
“I train with Olympic champion James DeGale every day and I feel fitter and stronger than ever.”