Wednesday June 4th 2014:
Cork boxer Gary ‘Spike’ O’Sullivan is feeling positive ahead of his fight in Boston on Thursday night, on a card co-promoted by Oscar De La Hoya’s Golden Boy Promotions.
The Mahon middleweight arrived in Boston on Monday and said today “The camp’s been great, I feel stronger than ever and I’m ready to get to work on Thursday. We spent years struggling to find decent opponents at home and in the UK, and going into my last fight against Billy Joe Saunders he’d had 6 camps and boxed over 50 rounds against tough opponents in the previous 12 months whereas I’d boxed just 3. And that just isn’t good enough to prepare you for the level I want to fight at, and regular fights against tough opponents are what I need now.”
O’Sullivan certainly faces a tough and experienced opponent in US-based middleweight Jose Medina, and said of the Mexican “He’s a tough lad who’s been in with some really top quality fighters, and although he’s been on the wrong end of a few decisions they’ve all been against good unbeaten fighters. He hasn’t been stopped him in 9 years, so I mean to put on a hell of a performance to beat him in style, knock him out and come back to fight here again.”
“I love Boston. I trained and fought here early on in my career and it’s a great place for an Irish fighter to feel at home away from home. They appreciate a good scrap and that’s what they’ll get from me for sure.”
In the past year O’Sullivan has seen stablemate Stephen ‘The Rock’ Ormond win himself a world title and defend it successfully, and the training camp for this fight saw trainer-manager Paschal Collins and the team at Dublin’s Celtic Warrior Gym focus on a return to basics with an increased emphasis on strength and power.
O’Sullivan says of his preparation “I’ve always been naturally powerful, but I’m stronger than ever after this camp. A year ago the WBO had me ranked in the top five and I feel that I’m a better fighter now than I was then. The plan is to fight in Dublin later this year, and then again back here in America and after that we’ll see what the future holds in terms of a recognised opponent.”
Of his recent public criticism and calling out of UK middleweight Chris Eubank Jr O’Sullivan said “Everybody knows that I want Eubank Jr, but he’s running scared and seems more interested in calling out novices and trading on his Dad’s reputation than taking a proper fight. I will say that the fact he’s avoiding me means that he’s more intelligent than he looks at least.”
O’Sullivan’s 18th professional outing takes place at Boston’s House Of Blues on Thursday June 5th and his intention is to make it his 17th career win and his 10th knockout victory.