Gary ‘Spike’ O’Sullivan withdrew from his pursuit of a fight with Gennady Golovkin last month after being unsatisfied with the terms and has now detailed the three-fight deal that forced his hand.
When this month’s originally scheduled rematch between Saul ‘Canelo’ Alvarez and Gennady Golovkin was scrapped after the Mexican tested positive for clenbuterol, it came as a surprise to most that the front-runner to replace Canelo in taking on the unbeaten Golovkin was Cork’s ‘Spike’ O’Sullivan, a man whose two setbacks to date came against top-tier competitors in Billy-Joe Saunders and Chris Eubank Jr.
And for a while, it did seem as though things were going to work in O’Sullivan’s favour. He was well and truly on the verge of being given the opportunity to achieve an upset for the ages but somewhere in the negotiations, things went south and the Irishman removed himself from the running.
Now, it has emerged that he has, in fact, signed a new deal with Golden Boy that in all honesty, is a much better path to the top than the one previously suggested.
O’Sullivan was with his coach Paschal Collins as he spoke to RTE recently and outlined exactly how the revised three-fight deal with Golden Boy Promotions will work:
“It’s exciting because then we are going to Vegas for the Canelo-Golovkin undercard feature. They are going to announce that for September, I think it’s September 16th or 15th, Mexico Independence Day and then the winner of Golovkin/Canelo hopefully this side of Christmas.
“I’m a glass half full kind of guy, I don’t think of what could go wrong and I don’t think anything will go wrong. I think it’s locked down, his next three fights and it will set Spike up for life and that’s the most important thing. He will become a world champion and be set up for life and then I’m happy – then I’ve done my job.
“Spike is a fighter’s fighter and I am so excited we can reach his potential. It’s getting to that stage now where he can show the world what he can really do. I believe he will get the job done. He is only really clicking now and it’s exciting.”
It might not have the immediacy of a short-notice crack at Gennady Golovkin but from a business perspective, I think its fair to say that Spike and his team did a good job on this one. All that awaits them now is the first of the three matchups, a fight with the Puerto-Rican Berlin Abreu this Friday.
A win in that one could well set the Cork-native up for the career-defining year so be sure to tune in to see if he can get those wheels in motion!
Cillian Cunningham, Pundit Arena