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Bad intentions of Fitzey and Spike

The most compelling bout on the undercard of the Matthew Macklin WBC world title eliminator against Jorge Sebastian Heiland at the 3 Arena on November 15, is the middleweight showdown between Gary 'Spike' O'Sullivan and Dublin's Anthony Fitzgerald.

Boxing has a tradition of fierce rivalries. Grudge fights seldom fail to disappoint.

But this on-off-on again meeting has more than the air of a straightener about it. It's likely to be a scrap where every punch thrown by both boxers will carry, what Mike Tyson memorably called, bad intentions.

While Cork fighter O'Sullivan (17-1, 10 KOs) missed the recent press conference for the event, he told the Herald in July, "I don't need to mouth off. I let my fists do the talking. I'm confident I'll beat him."

Anthony Fitzgerald is uber-confident he'll prove himself the best on November 15.

With O'Sullivan calling him "Skinny Arms", Fitzgerald can't wait to lay a glove on his opponent. "Let's hope he turns up for the fight," he told promoter Eddie Hearn at the recent press conference. "I'm there to win."

"I'm his biggest fight," chides Fitzgerald. "He's fought nobodies.

"When I boxed Andy Lee, people said I'd be gone in two rounds but he just barely beat me.

"Just one person thought he beat me. When I meet Spike I'm going to annihilate him. If he thought he'd beat me, he'd have taken this fight years ago."

"He'll be bashed," vows the Dubliner from his training camp in the MGM Gym in Spain.

Meanwhile O'Sullivan insists, Fitzgerald knows he'll be knocked out. "He knows that he can't live with my punching power," claims the Cork fighter. "The one time we sparred, I knocked him out."