”I fancy GGG by his usual trick! KO!” Irish Middleweight Gary ‘Spike’ O’ Sullivan with his prediction for Canelo Alvarez vs Gennady Golovkin.
Saturday night will see Irish boxing fans around the globe sit down for the first time to support their newest ‘fighting pride’, Conor McGregor.
In a week which brings the Mayweather vs McGregor saga to an end, the boxing world perhaps will see the outspoken, brash and entertaining character of McGregor in a ring for the first and last time.
So I thought it fitting to talk to another Irish Middleweight who is never short of a few words. Ever recognisable with tailored suit and a groomed moustache, and always good for a knockout performance, today we talk to and about the real Irish enigma. Gary ‘Spike’ O’ Sullivan.
A former WBO International Middleweight Champion with a record of 27-2-0 (17 KO’s), the 33 year old Cork fighter talks exclusively about his own plans for the future, GGG, and ‘The Money Fight’.
Since losing to Chris Eubank Jr at the O2 Arena in 2015, ‘Spike’ has been forging his comeback Stateside but did not want to rule out returning for a homecoming bout.
“I would absolutely love to fight in the UK again, the fans are second to none.”
Remaining unbeaten on the road with three wins on the road, two by way of stoppage, in the past 12 months, the Cork man has returned to winning ways and has his eyes firmly set on the big names in the 160lb division once again.
“I’m looking to land a big name and get back in contention for a World Title fight.”
Whispers emerged this week that ‘Spike’ would be returning to the ring 30th September in Boston. The opponent? Gabriel ‘King’ Rosado. A well known warrior at 160lbs, Rosado (23-11) is best known for having shared the ring with Gennady Golovkin, and more recently appearing on UK shores in a close fight with Martin Murray.
A win against Rosado would surely catapult O’Sullivan back into the World Rankings, and back in contention for that elusive World Title shot.
Talking to FightTalk.net, the heavy handed Irishman was set on his plan for the proposed ESPN bout, and spoke precisely on his intentions for Rosado.
“I’ll be looking to make a statement and do what GGG couldn’t do. I’ll be looking to knock him spark out.”
Having already shared the ring with a current Middleweight World Champion in Billy Joe Saunders, O’ Sullivan has his firmly vision firmly set on big fights at 160lbs; the end goal being a contest with fellow KO artist and current unified Champion, Gennady Golovkin.
“My ideal fight would be against GGG.”
The 33-year-old highlighted that he would still be interested in a bout with former Olympic Bronze Medallist Anthony Ogogo. The Irishman locked horns with Ogogo on social media numerous times throughout last year, attempting to goad a fight.
A surprise loss to Craig Cunningham and another injury for Ogogo put the brakes on any immediate possibility of a bout, a result which ended in a mankini being thrown at the defeated fighter in disgust by the always entertaining ‘Spike’.
Yet when asked the question ‘Would you still be interested in the fight’, his answer was short, abrupt and clear.
“Yes. And my opinion on him is he is over rated and wouldn’t last three rounds against me.”
Showing true to his Irish roots, the Cork man remained hopeful and had encouraging words regarding his compatriot, 154lbs debutant, Conor McGregor.
“For sure I’ll be rooting for Conor. I think it’s going to be tough for him but if there was ever a chance to beat Mayweather it is now. He’s been inactive and he’s getting on a bit and in this fight he is the smaller and older man.”
Looking past this Saturday, O’ Sullivan has plans of his own as his looks to climb the 160lb mountain once again. Bringing classic moments, from comically kissing Eubank Jr at a weigh in, to a highlight reel knockout of Anthony Fitzgerald, I’m sure I am not alone in backing ‘Spike’s’ return to UK soil.
Written by Tom Humber