Cork’s Gary ‘Spike’ O’Sullivan can look forward to bigger and better fights after scoring a convincing victory over Berlin Abreu in California.
Spike needed just three rounds to overcome his opponent late on Friday night, with Abreu deciding at that point that enough was enough and conceded defeated to the Irishman.
O’Sullivan, wearing a sombrero on his head to mark Cinco de Mayo and with a Cork City crest on his kilt, was too strong for his rusty opponent from the outset, though he seemed disappointed afterwards that the fight was ended by a withdrawal rather than a knockout. He also felt that Abreu didn’t bring out the best in him as a fighter – a problem, he says, would be helped by a bigger and better event and opponent.
The 33-year-old now moves to 28-2 in his career, and revealed afterwards that plans are afoot to finally arrange a showdown with Canelo Alvarez, once his suspension for a doping violation has been lifted later this year.
“I was disappointed. I would have liked for him to come out and for me to get the opportunity to put him on the canvas for the fans.
“I got the job done inside the distance and I felt as though I would have done it if he had come out anyway.
“With this particular opponent I hadn’t got any prior footage of him. I could feel he had a little bit of power in him.A loss to him would have been devastating to my prospects of moving on from here. I think I have a lot more ability in the locker than I showed tonight.
“We’re going to sit down tonight and talk about [Canelo in Septmber].”