Spike sharper with new training regime

Irish middleweight Gary ‘Spike’ O’Sullivan believes a new approach to training and preparation has him stronger and sharper ahead of his grudge match with Dublin’s Anthony Fitzgerald.

The pair will face off at The 3 Arena Dublin on November 15 on the undercard of the Matthew Macklin v Jorge Sebastien Heiland bout.

The fight was originally scheduled for August, and O’Sullivan believes the extra time with his trainer Paschal Collins has been an opportunity to push him harder, both in and out of the ring.

“This is the best training camp of my life,” said O’Sullivan. “I spent a week in London with WBO world No.2 Billy Joe Saunders and then Paschal arranged for WBC world No.1 Martin Murray and his team to spend last week with us at the Celtic Warrior Gym in Dublin. Sparring the very best is the only way to see what you’re capable of and you don’t get much better than Martin and Billy Joe.”

The Corkman has also trained with conditioning specialists Dave O’Connell and Jeff Gomez at the UCC Mardyke.

“They have me doing things with my diet, training and sleep patterns that I’d never even heard of. Adding their expertise to my Celtic Warrior Gym training means that I’m already more flexible and explosive than I’ve ever been, and I’ll be working with them on my recovery and base fitness between fights too.”

Ranked fourth in the world by the WBO just a year ago, O’Sullivan says he wants to climb the world rankings again: ‘There’s no reason why I can’t get back into contention for a world title shot a few fights down the line. I genuinely see myself as the best middleweight in Ireland and I’m going to show that a month from now by knocking Anthony Fitzgerald out live on Sky Sports in front of an Irish crowd.”

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