Middleweight contender Gary "Spike" O'Sullivan (27-2, 19 KOs) is still hoping that a deal is finalized to fight former champion Daniel Jacobs in April at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York.
O'Sullivan, who won his last five bouts and four of them by knockout, wants to secure a major payday in his next fight.
In his last time out, O'Sullivan appeared on HBO and blasted out Antoine Douglas in seven rounds last month in Canada.
The teams behind O'Sullivan and Jacobs have been in talks, but they were not on the same page with the financial terms.
He hopes the two sides are capable of getting a deal done.
“I think the best left-handed boxer out there is Billy Joe Saunders and the best right-handed boxer is Danny Jacobs. I’ve huge respect for him and it’s going to be a serious battle if it comes off. Jacobs knocked Kid Chocolate (a former target of Spike’s) out in one round. And Kid Chocolate is good, a world champion with Cuban roots," O'Sullivan told Echo Standard.
“I remember when I said I wanted to fight Kid Chocolate people looked him up and thought I was mad, 'you can't fight him'. Sure Antoine Douglas looked more fierce again."
O'Sullivan also wants to avenge his last career defeat, a seventh round stoppage at the hands of Chris Eubank Jr.
He says the loss was due in part to a burst ear drum. O'Sullivan feels confident that he would win a rematch.
Eubank, who at the moment is fighting at super middleweight, will face George Groves next month in a WBA/IBO unification as part of the World Boxing Super Series tournament.
“There was a point I was worried about my ear drums. It happened three times in the same ear, once in sparring," O'Sullivan said.
“It’s very disorientating. If affects your visions which is why Pascal pulled me out after seven rounds against Eubank. I’d never have quit but Pascal made the right decision. Nick Blackwell, a friend of mine, has never been the same since a fight he had with Eubank. He’s in a care home now and has never fully recovered.
“I’d love to fight Eubank again. He won fair and square but I’d the burst ear drum and I feel I’ve unfinished business with him. No one can ever accuse me of not having guts or balls. I believe I’d stop Eubank now in a rematch similar to my last fight. 100%.”