CIÁRAN HEALY sent out a clear message to Gary “Spike” O’Sullivan ahead of tonight’s Irish middleweight title fight at the Neptune Stadium, warning the Corkman he did not travel from Belfast just for the trip.
“I am not here for the trip,” said Healy, who beat Lee Murtagh for the Irish light middleweight title at the Kings Hall three years ago.
“I have fought them all – I fought (James) DeGale the Olympic champion, I fought Andy Lee, I fought Jamie Moore – anyone who wants to get anywhere has to fight me first. And I’m ready for this fight. I fought in Belfast four weeks ago so I was already in pretty good shape but I prepared really well for this.
“I have had 23 fights, won 11 and lost 12, so I have the edge in experience coming here. I know Spike has never been floored but there is always a first time for everything.”
Spike O’Sullivan insists he has left nothing to chance. “I could not have done more to prepare for this fight. I have trained hard, I have had the best of spars and I am ready.
“I want this Irish title because nowadays there is a lot of prestige attached to an Irish title. Everyone wants to win the Irish title – you want to be the top dog in your own country.
“But apart from that, the Irish title is respected across Europe. When you win the Irish title, you are ranked in Europe and that means you are positioned for a shot at a European title and that means a lot. You get noticed. I am ready now. I am in the best shape of my life.
“This fight is going to tell me a lot of things about myself. Ciarán Healy has been in there with the best of them. It appears if you want to get anywhere you have to box him first. He has fought Andy Lee, Jamie Moore, James DeGale. I think maybe John Duddy is the only one who has not fought him. Now it is my turn and there is a lot at stake. I am looking forward to winning the Irish title.”
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