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Spike O’Sullivan Looks Set To Miss Out On Big Opportunity, As Jacobs Close To Fight With Polish Foe

Cork’s Gary ‘Spike’ O’ Sullivan looks set to miss out on a big opportunity stateside, as reports suggest that former WBA middleweight champion Daniel Jacobs is close to signing a deal to fight undefeated Pole Maciej Sulecki at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn on April 28th.

ESPN’s Dan Rafael reported the news on Monday.

Both O’Sullivan(27-2) and countryman Andy Lee had expressed interest in facing Jacobs in his home borough, but it was ‘Spike’ who looked to have landed the fight late last month when he accepted an offer from the American’s promoter, Eddie Hearn, on social media.

Things obviously became complicated in the days that followed, however, as Hearn subsequently suggested that the fight was unlikely.

“Looking doubtful,” wrote Hearn in response to a tweet about the fight.

“I’ll save it for another time but it’s terrible really – not Spike’s fault,” added the British promoter when asked for an explanation.

The following day, however, Hearn provided a little bit more detail.

“Spike wants the fight as does his trainer/manager but has been told he is not allowed to take it – never seen anything quite it before,” he wrote, once again, in response to a curious fan on Twitter.

The suggestion here seems to be that O’Sullivan’s promoters, Golden Boy Promotions, have instructed him not to take the fight.

Whatever the reason, the door was left open for Sulecki and O’Sullivan’s chances of securing the bout now seem to have disappeared completely.

The 28-year-old native of Warsaw, who is based in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, has compiled a 26-0 record since turning pro in 2010. Ten of his career wins have come inside the distance. Sulecki has scored some pretty decent wins too, stopping once-touted countryman Grzegorz Proksa in November 2014. He also inflicted the first blemish on the pro record of Mexico’s Hugo Centeno Jr via stoppage. In his most recent outing, last October, Sulecki outpointed decent German Jack Culcay in Newark.

Sulecki spent 2017 competing down at junior middleweight but he has also fought as high as the super-middleweight limit of 168lbs in the not so distant past.

Jacobs, 33-2, is widely considered the third best middleweight in the world behind Gennady Golovkin and Saul ‘Canelo’ Alvarez, who fought to a draw last September and will rematch in May. Jacobs lost a unanimous decision and his WBA title to Golovkin at Madison Square Garden in New York last March but many felt he should have gotten the nod over the heavy-handed Kazakh. In his only fight since, the Brooklynite scored a unanimous decision win over the previously unbeaten Luis Arias at the Nassau Coliseum in Uniondale, New York in November.

O’Sullivan’s only two pro defeats have come against a pair of talented Brits. He lost a decision to Billy Joe Saunders, who has since claimed the WBO middleweight title, in 2013, and was stopped by Chris Eubank Jr., who has since risen to super-middleweight and recently reached the semi-finals of the World Boxing Super Series, in 2015. Since the defeat to Eubank, ‘Spike’ has won five straight, four of those victories came inside the distance. In his most recent outing, the Irishman scored a surprise seventh-round KO win over American prospect Antoine Douglas at Place Bell in Laval, Quebec, Canada.

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Author: The PA Team

This article was written by a member of The PA Team.