By Shaun Brown
With much talk about not if but when bitter British middleweight rivals, Billy Joe Saunders and Chris Eubank Jr. will fight one another, Gary ‘Spike’ O’Sullivan 17-1 (10 KOs) has stepped in with an offer of his own to face the son of the former WBO middle and super middleweight champion in October.
Eubank Jr, 24, had been pencilled in for an eight-round contest on the ‘Magnificent Seven Fight Again’ show on Oct 25, promoted by Frank Warren, in Liverpool.
O’Sullivan, who lost a wide 12-round points decision to Saunders last year has become good friends with the current European 160lb champion after helping him in preparation for his last fight against Emanuele Blandamura. And after 10pm UK time (13 Aug), the Irishman took to Facebook to confirm that an offer had been made to Eubank Jr 17-0 (12 KOs).
He wrote: “Right, I can confirm that Chris Eubank Jr has been made an official offer to fight me in Liverpool in October.
“Frank Warren Promotions has approved me as an opponent, and they’ve made the offer to Eubank Jr’s management.
“The ball’s in your court now Chris. You’ve no opponent lined up and my fight in Dublin fell through. Stop talking s**te, man up and let’s get in the ring.”
As O’Sullivan alluded to in the statement, his anticipated fight against domestic rival, Anthony Fitzgerald had been cancelled along with the rest of the Aug 30 Matchroom Boxing card in Dublin after the trainer of Matthew Macklin, who was due to headline the show, Jamie Moore was shot and injured in Marbella.
Eubank Jr. has long been linked with a fight with O’Sullivan and has recently put the blame on guys like the 30 year old Irishman and others for not stepping up.
Eubank Sr. has made some bold statements lately about how good his son is. A fight with Saunders looms on the horizon for possibly later on in the year on the rearranged Tyson Fury-Dereck Chisora 2 bill on Nov 22 in London. Will the Eubanks look to jeopardise that with what would be their toughest assignment yet?
Hopefully, fans will see a response from junior and senior at some point very soon.
Shaun Brown is the UK Editor at Boxing Scene and a contributor to Boxing Monthly. He can be contacted at [email protected] with any news, views or stories you may have.