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Saturday 17 November 2018

Big occasion suits Spike

O'Sullivan leads charge for Irish boxers Stateside

DATE WITH DESTINY: Gary “Spike” O’Sullivan is preparing for a Las Vegas showdown next month
DATE WITH DESTINY: Gary “Spike” O’Sullivan is preparing for a Las Vegas showdown next month

The Irish are coming.

The place to see the best of the current crop of Irish fighters these days is the USA.

And, from September 15 when Gary "Spike" O'Sullivan hits Las Vegas, five of our most exciting fighters will be stepping up the action Stateside.

For many, O'Sullivan's fight at the T-Mobile Arena against former IBF middleweight champion David Lemieux (39-4, 33 KOs) is a much anticipated highlight of the year.

Cork's O'Sullivan (28-2, 20 KOs) inked a three-fight deal with Golden Boy Promotions that has put him in line for some major paydays.

His fight against Lemieux will be on the Canelo v Gennady Golovkin rematch card. Both fighters will be in O'Sullivan's crosshairs if he beats the Canadian.

"I'm looking to smash up Lemieux and make a statement," says Spike. "I'm looking to knock him out faster than Golovkin did."

In professional boxing there are many variables in the art of the deal, but O'Sullivan would be quids-in fighting either Canelo or GGG.

Since his pro debut at the Neptune Sports Arena ten years ago, O'Sullivan has diligently fought his way to the top table. Now he has his sights set on a world title fight against Golovkin in Pairc Uí Chaoimh.

On October 6 in Florida, Derry middleweight Connor Coyle (8-0, 3 KOs) will be fighting for the ABF Continental Americas title against Martez Jackson (4-2-2, 2 KOs).

"My goal is to be a world champion," says Coyle (28), who insists he's pushing himself every day to improve.

The undercard of the Billy Joe Saunders v Demetrius Andrade fight in Boston on October 20 has become even more appetising.

Unbeaten

Not only will unbeaten Gorey heavyweight Niall "Boom Boom" Kennedy (11-0-1, 7 KOs) be joining a bill that features Katie Taylor (10-0, 5 KOs) defending her IBF world female lightweight and WBA world female lightweight titles against Cindy Serrano (27-5-3, 10 KOs), but Belfast's explosive James Tennyson (22-2, 18 KOs) will fight to take the IBF world super featherweight belt away from Philadelphia's Tevin Farmer (26-4-1, 5 KOs).

Southpaw Farmer, who did well to come back from having been shot in the hand last year, received a boost this week with the announcement of a multi-fight deal with Lou DiBella and Matchroom's US division.

Although this will be his first fight in the States, Tennyson insists: "I'm ready for my shot. I'll take the title back to Belfast."

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