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Exclusive: Spike O’Sullivan – “I Signed The Contract, Expect Announcement Soon”

Gary ‘Spike’ O’Sullivan spoke exclusively to Pundit Arena about getting a deal done for his upcoming fight, being promised the winner of Canelo/GGG II as well as his hopes of bringing the show back home to Ireland.

Sometimes a window of opportunity comes along that can seem like it is a ‘make-or-break’ for your career.

Corks O’Sullivan was in negotiations to take what he himself described as his dream-fight – a showdown with the fearsome Kazakhstani destroyer that is Gennady Golovkin.

Triple G was, of course, originally scheduled to face off against Saul ‘Canelo’ Alvarez in a rematch of their controversial first meeting last year but when the Mexican was pulled from the contest after testing positive for clenbuterol in drug-test, all of a sudden the fight was placed on Spike’s lap.

Fighting the unbeaten champ on short-notice without adequate preparation was a tall-task and while the Irishman and his team originally accepted the fight, things – as they do – became scattered and eventually the risk began to outweigh the reward.

Golden Boy Promotions eventually tabled a three-fight offer to O’Sullivan, one that would culminate with him facing the victor of the rescheduled showdown between Canelo and GGG later in 2018.

Speaking to us here at Pundit Arena, Spike explained why he decided to pass up on his own dream-fight and take a necessary gamble on himself.

“I have a family, I have four young kids. I put them before myself. It was my dream to fight for a world title – always has been, but I took a financial path that was better for my family.

“I don’t regret that and we’re better off for it.

“I’m happy things turned out this way. I’m in better condition and I’ll be more ready. There’ll be more wear and tears on Golovkin and Canelo too by the time I get them.

“I think it’ll be my night then and I’ll be champion.”

The first of his three matchups saw him put in a dominant performance against Berlin Abreu on the very date both of his potential future opponents were originally scheduled to rematch, May 5, Cinco de Mayo.

The gap in skill was pretty evident from the off and after three rounds, Abreu retired from the fight.

One step was taken towards O’Sullivan’s gamble paying off in the biggest way imaginable.

Canadian middleweight David Lemieux hadn’t shied away from calling for a matchup against Spike via Twitter in recent times and in a social media post of his own, the Cork-native made it clear that his foe would regret ever asking to share the ring with him.

As for the bout becoming official, expect an imminent announcement.

“So I signed the contract. I’m just waiting on him to agree a purse with Golden Boy [Promotions] and I expect an announcement soon.

“I’m excited by this fight. I’m looking to make a statement, smash up Lemieux – do what Billy Joe Saunders couldn’t do and knock him out. I’m looking to knock him out faster than Golovkin did as well.

“I’m looking to make a real statement by beating him better than the current world champions did.”

Step two in Spike’s path to championship glory will take place on the Canelo/GGG II card itself on September 15. 

And while he will no doubt be confident facing either man, he wasn’t afraid to be perfectly honest about the differing appeals of both.

“Canelo is the bigger financial fight but I’ve always wanted to take Golovkin’s ‘0’ and stylistically he suits me better than Canelo, you know.

“I’ve always fancied that fight for a long time. I think Billy Joe Saunders a different fight for me, a far more awkward fight.

“If Golovkin won the rematch and I fought him and beat him and then fought Canelo in Ireland, that would be a great thing. It’d be very do-able too.

“Golden Boy have said in the past that they are keen on coming to Ireland. Pairc Ui Chaoimh has always been my dream.”

A Spike O’Sullivan showdown in Cork would be something else and to be honest, the way things are laid out, it’s a very realistic possibility if he can make that step up, achieve his dreams and prove that his risk was one worth taking.

Cillian Cunningham, Pundit Arena


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Author: Cillian Cunningham

Lead mixed martial arts writer who can be contacted at [email protected]