Friday 21 October 2016

spike aims to break states

A title win will mean WBA top 5 ranking for O'Sullivan

Gary "Spike" O'Sullivan leaves training camp in the Celtic Warrior Gym this evening and travels to Cork to spend the weekend with his family before flying to Boston on Monday for a fight that's likely to put him in the top 5 in the WBA rankings.

O'Sullivan (20-1, 13 KOs) fights Dominican Republic super welterweight champion Melvin Betancourt (29-1, 23 KOs) in the Agganis Arena on Saturday next.

The fight will be shown live on Sky Sports here at approximately 8.30pm and Irish fight fans are expecting another treat because Spike is on form.

Since he knocked out Anthony Fitzgerald in the 3Arena last November, O'Sullivan's had two fights in the States, both stoppages. Last month, he dispatched Milton Nunez in Madison Square Garden Theatre.

Although Betancourt is more experienced, O'Sullivan is confident of winning this WBA-NABA title fight for a belt that was held by Willie Monroe who's fighting Gennady Golovkin for the WBA World super middleweight title tonight.

Since his tie-in with promoter Ken Casey (of the Dropkick Murphys), O'Sullivan has been impressing influential people in the US. It's expected that a showcase performance next week will fast-track him to some really high profile fights. Already the Americans are discussing the possibility of an all-Irish middleweight showdown between O'Sullivan and Andy Lee.

"Betancourt's been in the States for a while and he can bang," warns coach Paschal Collins. "A win for Spike will set him up nicely in the US."

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