Deadly with his fists AND his feet – Spike O’Sullivan lines out for local GAA club

Photo Credit – John Tarrant (@jgtarrant)

Spike O’Sullivan traded knocking out opponents for knocking over scores yesterday when he lined out for his home side Ballinure in the first round of the Cork Junior C Football Championship.

The former Irish champion, who is due to return to the ring as a light middleweight this Summer, donned the #14 jersey and took to the field as a powerful full forward.

Spike’s opponent this time round were the fifteen hardy men of Glenlara GAA, and – as this brilliant photo from John Tarrant shows – their full back came off second best in a collision with O’Sullivan.

The Celtic Warriors Gym fan-favourite didn’t get on the scoresheet himself but set up two goals during the game.

However, despite his best efforts, O’Sullivan couldn’t prevent his parish from falling to a 0-18 to 4-2 defeat.

With Spike’s appearance in mind, who else from the Irish boxing community has lined out for their local side?

Joe O'Neill

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