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Wednesday 7 December 2016

Spike is still sharp as ever

Cork middleweight targets Ogogo after calling him out

Gary 'Spike' O'Sullivan suffered a burst ear drum last year but is now back in action and targeting a fight against Anthony Ogogo. Photo: Sportsfile
Gary 'Spike' O'Sullivan suffered a burst ear drum last year but is now back in action and targeting a fight against Anthony Ogogo. Photo: Sportsfile

One of the more humorous photos from the homecoming celebrations for the O'Donovan brothers, our Irish Olympic heroes, featured Gary O'Sullivan presenting them with steaks and a bag of potatoes.

The Cork middleweight is clearly back to his old mischievous self as he targets a high-profile showdown with Anthony Ogogo (11-0, 7 KOs).

There's been a spat online, with the British Olympic bronze medallist rowing back on his earlier call out of O'Sullivan (22-2, 15 KOs).

Ogogo, who lasted just two rounds on Strictly Come Dancing, doesn't realise that he did O'Sullivan a favour when he dismissed him earlier this year.

O'Sullivan, who suffered a burst ear drum in his fight with Chris Eubank Jr in December, admits he was struggling with recovery and was reviewing his career when he heard he'd been dissed by Ogogo.

"It was a painful injury that affected my balance," he recalls. "It was a down period but I had a marvellous consultant and have made a great recovery. It was while I was worrying about the injury that I heard this arrogant boy was saying he'd take me out. That upset me."

As the injury healed, O'Sullivan had something to focus on. Beating Ogogo became his motivation to get back.

Sauerland Promotions in Germany have said that O'Sullivan needs to come back with a win before they'd make a fight between the two.

Spike aims to add another victory to his CV when he fights Marquis Davis (8-1-2, 5 KOs) in New Hampshire on Saturday September 17 on a bill that will also feature Steve Collins Jr and TJ Doheny.

Rough

"He's looks a real rough, tough fighter," says O'Sullivan of Davis. "In one of his fights he got his teeth knocked out, but he just kicked them out of the way and carried on fighting. But I'm in great shape and I need this win so that I can square up to Ogogo."

Knowing how hard it is to get a decision fighting in Germany, Spike says: "I'll fight Ogogo anywhere. Whether it's in England, Germany or Kazakhstan, I'm going to put him on his back."

Did Spike know the O'Donovan brothers before their homecoming?

"I was in hospital with Gary," reveals the former Irish middleweight champion. "I had a broken hand and he had a broken leg. We became friends then. Those two brothers are brilliant athletes and great lads. The country is right to be proud of them."

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