Pascal Collins did the ‘perfect job’ pulling Spike O’Sullivan out of his grudge clash with Chris Eubank Jr claims the coach manning the opposite corner.
The Cork middleweight showed bravery, punch resistance, courage and even power over seven rounds, but was eventually pulled out by his corner after 21 minutes of entertaining action.
Collins explained his decision suggesting his charge had lost the snap in his punches and was down on the score cards leaving little chance of victory. The team also highlighted a perforated eardrum as reason to call a halt to the fight and explained the decision was made in the interest of the Celtic Warrior Gym punchers safety.
Speaking in the build up to Any Lee versus Billy Joe Saunders this week Lee’s trainer, who also coaches Eubank Jr said he felt Collins had made the right decision.
“I remeber saying to Junior either after the fifth or the sixth he was effectively done. I told him to stay patient and keep chipping away because the fight is effectively done,” Booth told IFL TV.
“The reason I said keep chipping away is so he didn’t make any silly mistakes. O’Sullivan didn’t land anything signifigant from the start of the fourth until the end of the seventh and Junior was building up more and more momentum. Packie Collins did the perfect job.”
Early in the fight ‘Spike’ looked capable of inflicting damage on his English counterpart. Indeed, in rounds two and three he appeared to have wobbled the Brighton middleweight, however Booth claims the Matchroom fighter wasn’t significantly hurt at any stage of the Wembley Arena hosted fight.
“Having seen Junior enough in sparring with big punchers and I have seen people land on him before when he is a bit off balance and what happens with his legs when he is a bit of balance,” he added
“What you have to look at is the reaction and how quickly he would fire back straight away. If you take one on the chin and you let your hands go straight away it deosn’t really show your overly hurt. There were a couple of solid shots landed from Spike O’Sullivan that Junior had to deal with, but he did that very quickly.”