Hearing the Manchester native with Sligo roots declare he wanted to take his head off didn’t get the Belfast fighter’s blood boiling, rather it got his juices flowing.
In fact, the Dee Walsh trained light middle went as far as to say he ‘loved’ Latimer’s call to arms and revealed he’s ready to go to war.
O’Neill points out he wants done with journeymen and wants to start progressing toward titles, as a result, he more than welcomes the advances of a fighter coming to take his scalp.
“I loved the call out, ” O’Neill beamed when talking to Irish-boxing.com.
“After my last fight I said I want fights where opponents are coming to win, and I want them now. He said he’s coming to try take my head off, I got a buzz reading that and his interview. It was good.”
So keen is ‘The Operator’ he is willing to grant Latimer his wish immediately.
“I would love to fight him,” he continues.
“If could definitely happen next. It’s actually the fight I want next now. Let’s hope it can get made.”
"Our styles would gel. We are good both come forward fighters and it would be a good domestic brawl. The fight between us would be toe to toe."https://t.co/aifjr7v2zV#irishboxing @LoveIrishBoxing @OwieeONeill95 @JordanLatimer— Irish-Boxing.com (@Irishboxingcom) October 11, 2021
If the fight is made O’Neill is confident it would entertain and will allow him to show he has hurt capabilities.
“It would be a great fight. We are both come-forward fighters. I watched his last fight with McCormack and it was non-stop action, I love that. I want someone to engage with me, that’s where I’ll hurt people. It would be a great fight but I’m 100% the winner,” he adds.
In his first four fight’s ‘Pretty Boy’ has faced Jade Karam, John Docherty and Graham McCormack, it’s an ambitious, even brave start and one O’Neill respects.
“Fair play to Latimer he’s taken big risky fights early on in his career. You gotta’ respect that and I have to respect him. I saw him fight McCormack and it was non-stop action.”