Gary “Spike” O’Sullivan was eyeing a World Title shot as he geared up for his shot at the vacant WBO Inter-Continental Middleweight Title against Antoine Douglas on Saturday 16th December in Place Bell, Laval, Quebec in the chief support to the Billy Joe Saunders V David Lemieux WBO World Title Fight. Spike who has a 64% KO ratio and has won 26 of his 28 fights with his only 2 defeats coming against world class opposition in the shape of the aforementioned Billy Joe Saunders and Chris Eubank Jnr was expecting a tough fight as he looked forward to the upcoming contest and his own world title ambitions next year.
Antoine who has recently signed with Golden Boy Promotions brings a 22 -1-1 record and a 67% KO ratio with his only defeat coming against Avtandil Khurtsidze for the WBO International Title.
Trained and managed by Paschal Collins out of the Celtic Warriors Boxing Gym, Spike assessed his opponent’s style.
“He’s a good fighter and he likes to box, I actually think he boxes in a similar style to Floyd Mayweather. He did get stopped by a guy that fights similarly to me though and I will be looking to repeat that.”
Oscar De La Hoya is on record as saying this fight along with the Saunders V Lemieux fight will go a long way to deciding who the challengers to Gennady Golovkin and Canelo Alvarez are in the near future so what was Spike expecting next year to hold for him.
“I fully expect to be fighting for a World Title after this fight, probably against the winner of Saunders and Lemieux and I’d be happy to take on either one of those guys.”
As far as the training camp was concerned Spike was happy with the way it had worked out and admitted what he has been working on for this fight.
“Camp has gone really well I feel already have the power so it’s been fitness we have been working on and I’m feeling the fittest I have ever done so I’m ready for 10 hard rounds if that’s what is needed.”
Spike has been mainly fighting in the USA recently and was delighted with the coverage he will be getting with this bill being televised live.
“This fight will be on HBO so it doesn’t get much bigger than that in terms of exposure, I think ESPN may be involved as well which is fantastic, I have a lot of fans in the Boston area as well as New Hampshire area so it’s great they will be able to watch it. I know a TV station in Ireland are also looking to cover it so it will be brilliant for my Irish fans if they can also see it.”
Not wanting to leave any doubts or let it go to a decision Spike was adamant he would be crowned champion by KO simply stating “I think I will stop him on the night.”
Spike would like to thank the following sponsors who help make the training camps easier: Conal Thomas Tree Services, McCormack Builders, Fulfil Protein Bars as well as Benn McCabe & Hickey’s Bar.
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