icon Updated at 08:36 AM EDT, Wed May 16, 2018

O'Sullivan: The Question is - Would Golovkin Handle My Power?

By Ryan Burton

Middleweight contender Gary "Spike" O'Sullivan (28-2) returned to the ring on May 4th and crushed a severely over matched Berlin Abreu in 3 rounds in their ESPN televised fight. 

Berlin had previously campaigned as a welterweight and was in over his head from the opening bell. O'Sullivan landed several hard shots and after three rounds the Dominican had had enough and quit on his stool.

"I wasn't too surprised because it was only a matter of time before he would end up on the canvas anyway," O'Sullivan told BoxingScene.com a day later at the Gennady Golovkin-Vanes Martirosyan fight that also took place at the StubHub Center in Carson, CA.

"(Golovkin) had a good jab and he got the job done. He had a slow start in the first round then of course he took off in the second to get the win."


O'Sullivan was in the mix to face Golovkin after Canelo Alvarez pulled out of their scheduled rematch. But when the Golovkin fight was changed from a pay-per-view to a regular HBO card, and the proposed purse for O'Sullivan significantly slashed, the Irishman opted for the tune up fight against Berlin instead.

The 33-year-old is very confident that he can hand Golovkin his first loss and is still very interested in facing Triple G.

"It will be a better fight than this. I can see flaws in him. It will be a very entertaining fight, a Mexican style fight and I will come out the victor," said O'Sullivan.

When asked if he would be able to take Golovkin's power, O'Sullivan turned the question around on the reporter.

"The question is will he be able to handle my power? I saw him get caught with a couple today and it is going to be a whole different story with me. I am a hard hitting 160 pounder and I think he will be in a lot of trouble if he fights me," O'Sullivan stated.

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