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On This Day: July 14th

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2012: In what was the biggest fight of his career, Spike O’Sullivan defeated Matthew Hall via unanimous decision at Upton Park. Fighting on the David Haye-Dereck Chisora undercard, the Cork middleweight took the win on the cards (117-111 x2, 115-114) after a close and tough twelve rounds which some believe should have gone Hall’s way.

July 14th is also Spike’s birthday, and the big-punching Mahon man is 32 today.

Watch the fight in full below:

2012-07-14 Matthew Hall vs Gary O’Sullivan by sweetboxing1

Post-fight interview with a very young James Helder:

The win also led to one of our favourite photos involving an Irish boxer

spike hug

Joe O'Neill

Reporting on Irish boxing the past five years. Work has appeared on irish-boxing.com, Boxing News, the42.ie, and local and national media. Provide live ringside updates, occasional interviews, and special features on the future of Irish boxing. email: joneill6@tcd.ie