Sunday 17 December 2017

On the canvas with Eamon Carr

O'Sullivan on Hyland undercard


THINGS are looking up for Cork middleweight Gary 'Spike' O'Sullivan, (pictured) who took just 75 seconds to stop Dublin hard man Anthony Fitzgerald on the undercard of the Matthew Macklin-Jorge Sebastien Heiland fight last November.

The build-up to that fight had been so intense, Irish boxing fans eagerly awaited the outcome. O'Sullivan (19-1, 12 KOs) was thrilled with the result. Immediately afterwards he said he'd fancy a shot at Matthew Macklin or Billy Joe Saunders, who'd defeated him to lift WBO world title.

The optimism of the evening in November came to nothing. Most managers who'd just witnessed O'Sullivan's destructive power were intend on swerving the Cork man.

While happy with the acknowledgement that he's a dangerous fighter, O'Sullivan was deeply frustrated not to be offered meaningful fights. "No one would touch me," he says.

When coach Paschal Collins brought O'Sullivan to Boston last June he assisted the promotional deal with the Dropkick Murphys' Ken Casey that now sees Spike establishing a reputation in the US at the right time.

Last week, O'Sullivan stopped Larry Smith in the second round in Melrose. Then came confirmation that O'Sullivan will see action next Saturday on the McMayhem in Midtown bill at Madison Square Garden.

The night will be headlined by Patrick Hyland (29-1) and Manuel de los Reyes Herrera (21-15-1, 15 KOs).

O'Sullivan's opponent is Milton Nunez (28-12-1, 25 KOs), a Colombian who can bang a bit. Nunez (27) has gone the distance with Matt Korobov. He's also been in against some other notable talent including Gennady Golovkin and Sergio Mora.

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