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Eubank looked to fight Spike only after we had a deal to fight Fitzy

CHRIS Eubank Jr only offered Gary ‘Spike’ O’Sullivan a fight after he knew the Cork fighter had penned a deal to fight Anthony Fitzgerald in Dublin, says coach Pascal Collins.

The son of British boxing legend, Chris Eubank, who Steve Collins twice beat in World title fights in Ireland, took to Twitter yesterday revealing the former Irish middleweight champion had rebuffed an offer to fight him on July 26. The undefeated prospect also questioned the Cork fighter’s ‘pride’.

— Chris Eubank Jr (@ChrisEubankJr) July 11, 2014

Collins confirmed they did receive offer from Eubank Jr’s team, but only after news broke of the eagerly anticipated Fitzgerald versus O’Sullivan domestic dust up had broke.

The Celtic Warriors Gym boss said ‘Spike’ was still keen to fight the out spoken English fighter, but only after he has overcome his domestic rival in the National Stadium.

 “We got the offer to fight Chris Eubank Jr after we accepted the offer to fight Anthony Fitzgerald,” Collins told Irish-boxing.com.

“We will fight Chris after we beat Fitzgerald. Spike has been looking for the Eubank Jr fight for two years and we would love that fight. To suggest we are avoiding it is ridiculous. They only offered it to us after we had agreed to fight on Eddie Hearn’s show in Dublin in a chief support bout on Sky Sports. If Chris is serious about fighting Spike we will fight him next.

“Spike wants to do the Fitzgerald fight for the Irish fans. They have been calling for it for years and  the timing is now right. He wants to put that to bed and move on. Plus it will be a great war, which he will win, and do so live on Sky Sports on a big Matthew Macklin bill.”


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