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Spike O’Sullivan Launches Verbal Personal Jabs At ESPN Journalist

Spike O’Sullivan has launched a scathing attack on ESPN’s Dan Rafael, after the journalist’s claims that the Irish boxer rejected a fight with Gennady Golovkin purely due to money.

Gennady Golovkin was due to fight Saul ‘Canelo’ Alvarez on May 5th, but the rematch was cancelled following the Mexican’s failure of a drug test. Alvarez was subsequently banned for six months by the Nevada State Athletic Commission, leaving the door open for the Cork middleweight to step up and fill the void.

Following a public campaign to get Spike on the card, O’Sullivan’s team decided to withdraw from the potential GGG clash, stating financial issues amongst others.

Speaking to Irish Boxing, Spike said the following:

“Money-wise it’s not on PPV and the fight’s not worth the money that it should be,” said O’Sullivan.

“They dragged it out for over a week and we got nothing official. And the money kept on diminishing as well.

“They made an initial offer I agreed to then they came back with half of that.”

Acclaimed boxing journalist, Dan Rafael of ESPN, published a piece on Monday stating that Spike had rejected the fight due to financial reasons and instead opted for a lesser opponent.

“Middleweight Gary “Spike” O’Sullivan…pleaded for a shot at unified world champion Gennady Golovkin on May 5 when Canelo Alvarez was suspended but when he was offered the fight, O’Sullivan turned it down because he didn’t like the money and instead opted for a low-level fight for a fraction of the money.”

The article has clearly incensed O’Sullivan and he took to Twitter to air his frustrations, launching a personal attack on Rafael.

Rafael has also taken to Twitter, and posted the following:

Spike, clearly still angry, has continued his jabs.

Author: Maurice Gleeson

Irish exile currently residing in Barcelona but stay up to the date with the latest in League of Ireland and the Premier League.