GARY ‘SPIKE’ O’SULLIVAN is awaiting confirmation of his opponent for tomorrow night’s fight at Kelvin Hall in Glasgow where he appears on the undercard to the WBO World Super Featherweight clash between Ricky Burns and Roman Martinez.
The Corkman, who has won all of his 11 professional fights to date, is currently promoted by Frank Warren and had been scheduled to box Craig Doherty. But, apparently, that pairing has been shelved for a later date when it could possibly be for a title.
O’Sullivan’s manager/trainer, Paschal Collins, pointed out Doherty was a very good fighter with a good record and himself and O’Sullivan, who already holds the Irish middleweight title, would be a very good title fight.
“Spike’s mother was born in England and, on account of that, he would qualify to fight for a Commonwealth title and that would be an opportunity to get up the rankings.” he said. “He is in tremendous shape and he feels ready to take on anyone.”
“It’s true, I’d fight anybody and I would have no problem fighting Doherty,” O’Sullivan said. “When his name came up as a possible opponent I jumped at the opportunity but now they want to leave it for a title fight down the road. Maybe travelling out to Glasgow in the morning not knowing your opponent would upset some people but I am not bothered by that. I am ready to fight anyone.
“I have never trained so hard in my life. Last week I sparred 48 rounds – six eight-round spars in one week with different opponents – and I got through it without any problem. Paschal has some fantastic boxers in his gym – Steven Ormond, Robbie Long and some foreign boxers.”
He is not just excited about the fight which will be part of a Sky TV programme, but is also excited about the fact himself, Paschal Collins and Steve Collins will sit down today with Frank Warren to discuss future plans including two fights before the year end.
Steven Ormond’s grandfather died on Wednesday but his super featherweight contest with Johnny Greaves goes ahead as scheduled tomorrow.
“Steven was very close to his grandfather. He was with him in hospital before he passed away and it was his wish that Steven’s fight should go ahead,” Paschal Collins said. “It is very emotional for Steven but he has decided to go ahead with the fight and dedicate it to his grandfather.
“Steven is going to make a lot of noise in he next couple of years.”
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