Advertisement: IBO Boxing

Spike O'Sullivan's Coach: We're Facing 'Big Name' in September

by Tamas Pradarics

Though he does not have an opponent as of yet, middleweight contender Gary O’Sullivan could prepare to easily the most important ring appearance of his professional career.

The Irish fighter, who is currently enjoying the promotional backing of Golden Boy Promotions, will be in the chief supporting role on the major September 16th Mexican Independence Day card that will be headlined by the much-anticipated rematch of Gennady Golovkin and Saul ‘Canelo’ Alvarez at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas.

O’Sullivan has had a great run since GBP took him under its wings. The hard-hitting 160-pounder started his recent successes with the promotional giant last September with a four-round demolition of Nick Quigley on ESPN, that was followed by a massive stoppage victory over once highly touted prospect, Antoine Douglas on HBO in December.

spike-o-sullivan (2)_1

The Cork-native boxer was last seen in action this May in a stay busy fight against Mexican Berlin Abreu on the eve of Gennady Golovkin’s most recent fight against Vanes Martirosyan.

For O’Sullivan, this was the first encounter of a newly signed three-bout deal with Oscar De La Hoya’s Los Angeles-based promotional company, who is planning to match the exciting brawler with their own Canelo Alvarez in the not-so-distant-future.

“Gary is where he should be right now. He's had his ups and he's had his downs, but this is the same story in most fighters’ careers. We have been together for just over ten years and we have taken more from his two losses than his 28 wins,” said long-time trainer Packie Collins to recently.

Those losses came by the hands of current WBO middleweight ruler Billy Joe Saunders in 2013, and former world title challenger Chris Eubank Jr in 2015, respectively, well before O’Sullivan hit the American market to give new heights through his journey as a pugilist.

Collins made sure his protégé is currently in a position where he feels ready to take on the best in September before his proposed showdown against either GGG or Canelo.

“Gary is both mentally and physically prepared for whoever is in front of him. Well, there are talks of Gary fighting the winner [of Golovkin-Canelo II], hopefully, Canelo wins as that fight would be a hell of a lot easier to make.”

“Outside of Billy Joe Saunders and Eubank Jr I think Spike’s next fight is going to be his toughest test to date, cannot confirm who it is but it will excite the real boxing fans with the Mexican Style. There is lots of talk about Spike fighting a number of different people for numerous different belts, but right now Golden Boy Promotions and Murphys Boxing are putting together a plan that we believe will be the best road to take both in profile of fights and financially,” stated Collins, who thinks Gary will have his hands full with his semi-final opponent on the Vegas show in the fall.

“All I can say is Spike is going to fight a big name in September, a well-known lad who can fight.”

You can reach Tamas Pradarics at and follow him on Twitter @TomiPradarics.

User Comments and Feedback
Comment by BigTony69 on 07-03-2018

This Irish bum will get his moustache punched straight.

Comment by Cigar on 07-03-2018

Gotta be Lemieux.

Comment by robbyheartbaby on 07-03-2018

Yep errbody throwing out the right names, we'll see which.

Comment by tokon on 07-02-2018

Lemeuix, with the winner to fight canelo is a possibility.

Comment by sicko on 07-02-2018

thinking David Lemieux as well which is OK I guess :dunno:

Top Headlines
Devin Haney-Yuriorkis Gamboa: Announcement Imminent For 11/7 Fight Hearn: Joshua Will Go To Great Lengths To Make Fury Fight Happen Daniel Jacobs, Gabe Rosado Reach Agreement To Fight November 27 David Navarro, 2020 U.S. Olympic Alternate Signs With Split T's Tim VanNewhouse Jose Zepeda: I Want To Make It Clear That I Am Ready For Anybody Teixeira: If WBO Authorizes, I Will Be Happy To End Charlo's Career And Then Fight Castano Mikey Garcia: Manny Pacquiao Fighting Me Next 100%, Not Conor McGregor Ohara Davies: I'm Ready To Shut Everyone Up; I'm A Lot Better Than Fans Think Kane Baker Feels Mentally Ready For a Good "Tear Up" With Aqib Fiaz Linus Udofia: I Want To Show John Harding is Not On My Level Joshua: Fury Went Pro in 2008, Never Thought I Would Catch Up To Him News: Petros Ananyan, Atid Oberlton, Joe Ham, More Manny Pacquiao Ring Return Will Likely Require Some Fans in Venue Ivan Baranchyk: To Be The Best at 140 - That's My Motivation Cazares: I'll Knock Canelo's Freckles Off, Reynoso Can Pick Them Up! Canelo Alvarez Refiles Breach of Contract Suit Against DAZN, Golden Boy, De La Hoya Casimero Wants Inoue But Now Has Other Options, Says Gibbons Angel and Chavez Barrientes Discuss Upcoming PBC Bouts Edgar Berlanga's Promoter Hopes Bellows Will Last a Few Rounds Mikaela Mayer vs. Ewa Brodnicka Added To Inoue-Moloney Card Jose Pedraza Ring Return Targeted For First Quarter of 2021 Hearn Explains Why Povetkin-Whyte Rematch is More About Mental Than Physical Tyrone McKenna Explains The Downfall Of Ohara Davies Harutyunyan vs. Schwarzkopf Tops Interesting Universum Card Murat Gassiev vs. Kevin Johnson in Play For October 31 in Sochi Munguia-Johnson: Rashidi Ellis vs. Alexis Rocha Added Mario Barrios: I'm Just Grateful To Be Back in The Ring Broner: I Don't Need Devin Haney; What Do I Get Out Of Knocking Him Out? Jermell Charlo: I Don't Think Teixeira Will Wanna Fight Me; I'm Different Zepeda: I Deserve Another Title Shot, Win Over Baranchyk Will Cement Just That Dickens Tests Positive For Covid, Golden Contract Final With Walsh Postponed Marko Calic Vows To Prove Himself, Shock Joshua Buatsi Aqib Fiaz is Determined To Do a Job on Kane Baker Alen Babic Vows To Punish Kennedy, End Bout With 'Huge KO' Hearn Could See Anthony Joshua vs. Zhilei Zhang as Major Event Down The Line David Oliver Joyce Reflects on Crushing Defeat at Hands of Baluta It's Another Big Fight Anniversary, But This One's Not So Happy Chavez Jr: Ref Told Me He Would Disqualify Cazares - Then Scorecards Came! Verdejo Will Be Watching Lomachenko vs. Lopez Very Closley Beterbiev Expects Povetkin To Have Tougher Task in Whyte Rematch
Latest Forum Threads