Osman expecting another war with White

Osman expecting another war with White

Trelewis’ Luke Osman (4-12-1, 1KO) is willing to go to war with Cardiff’s Jimmy White (0-2) when they meet again on October 4th. The middleweights will rematch on Sanigar Events’ ‘Dragon Fire’ show at the Rhydycar Leisure Centre in Merthyr Tydfil, three months after their four round Fight of the Year contender, which Osman won on points. Given the modesty of the numbers on their records, few observers predicted the punishment both would give and receive for twelve tough minutes. An honest Osman openly admits that prior to the fight, he knew little about what was about to happen either. Osman said, “I didn’t know a lot about Jimmy at the time, there wasn’t a lot of information about him out there and nobody knew much either. But since the fight, I’ve learned a lot, I’ll know a lot more about him for next time. It was a great scrap, fair play. He come to fight and I think he’s going to do the same again in our rematch. “I know the kind of fighter Jimmy is now from that and he knows the kind of fighter I am, so he might change his game plan. You can’t overthink it though, I’m going to see what he comes out with in the first round before anything. If I have to do the same as last time or change it, I’ll try to do that. “I don’t know what’s going to happen on the night but I know it’s going to be a tough fight again and that’s fine by me. I think Jimmy’s gunna come out all guns blazing, hopefully I can stay a step ahead and outbox him again.” Although Osman didn’t know a lot about White, who hadn’t fought for 12 years, it didn’t take them a long time to get to know each other once the bell rang. Both were soon covered in claret and a smirk spreads across Osman’s face as he recalls it, relishing the prospect of going through it all again. Osman said, “He come out all guns blazing and I expected him to because he hasn’t boxed for a long time, so I thought he might give it a good go to start with. “He threw so many punches in the first round, I wouldn’t say he blew himself out but he used up a lot of energy. You can’t do that every round. “I’ve was cut early but I’ve been cut a few times in the past. You’ve just got to get on with it, there’s not a lot you can do about it really. You’ve just got to fight on and hope the ref don’t stop it, carry on with your game plan. That’s what I did and it didn’t affect me too much. There was a lot of blood but that happens in boxing and it can always happen again.” It would be no surprise to see the two go back at it as if they hated each other but Osman insists that he couldn’t hold White in higher regard. He said, “I haven’t known Jimmy from the past but he’s a real nice guy. Outside of the ring and in it, I’ve got a lot of respect for Jimmy. He’s a great fighter and a great bloke. “The day after the fight, I bumped in to him in a restaurant, we spoke and I wished him all the best in his career. As soon as the fights over, you’re friends and that’s boxing, isn’t it?” Until Osman out-pointed White, he had never won back-to-back bouts in his six year career. The 28-year-old southpaw’s record, on paper at least, misrepresents his talent but Osman is determined to do himself justice from now on. He said, “It was such a good feeling to get two wins on the trot. Hopefully, I can get another win now to make it three on the bounce. “I boxed on the road for a long time and came up against some good boys; John Ryder, Nick Blackwell and they’ve boxed for British titles. So, I didn’t get great notice for fights like that and I haven’t had it easy but it’s going well for me now. Hopefully, a couple of more fights and I can build my career and record back up.” In the headliner, Dai Davies defends his Welsh featherweight title against Chuck Jones. For tickets, contact Sanigar Events on 01179496699. The undercard includes Barrie Jones, Tony Dixon, Dorian Darch, Jamie Evans, Morgan Jones, Darren Morgan, Danni Griffiths, Chris Ware and Lloyd Davies.

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