‘Fun for as long as it lasts’ – Oscar De La Hoya backs Spike vs Munguia to entertain

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It’s official Gary ‘Spike’ O’Sullivan [30(21)-3(2)] will fight undefeated WBO light middleweight champion Jaime Munguia [34(27)-0] in January.

The big punching duo will trade serious leather at Alamodome in San Antonio, live on DAZN, on January 11.

News with regard to the fight broke earlier this week, but it remained unsure as to whether or not the fight would play out at 154lbs or 160lbs.

When officially confirming the battle of the brawlers revealed the clash will play out at middleweight as Munguia looks to move up.

Unfortunately for Cork’s ‘Spike’ that means the Mexican’s world title won’t be on the line.

The fighter deemed very fortunate to have defeated Dennis Hogan in April still represents a big scalp for the Celtic Warrior Gym puncher and he will relish being part of a 12-round main event live on DAZN.

Speaking whilst making the announcement Golden Boy boss man De La Hoya warned Munguia of ‘Spike’s’ punching power and predicted a fan friendly fight.

“‘Spike’ O’Sullivan is an exciting puncher with a lot of experience, so Munguia will have to come very well prepared with all that he’s been learning under trainer Erik Morales,” the Golden Boy CEO said. “It also goes without saying that their styles are guaranteed to make for a fun fight for as long as it lasts.”

Munguia, who is just 23, burst onto the scene when he won a 154-pound world title by one-sided fourth-round knockout of Sadam Ali in May 2018. He has made five defenses since beating the likes of former titlist Liam Smith, Brandon Cook, Takeshi Inoue, Dennis Hogan -by controversial decision- and, in his most recent defense, Patrick Allotey on Sept. 14.

O’Sullivan had moved down to light middleweight after he was stopped by David Lemieux in September of 2018 and has since registered two victories.

He returns to 160lbs early next year and will be hopeful of a big name win.


Jonny Stapleton

Irish-boxing.com contributor for 15 years and editor for the past decade. Have been covering boxing for over 16 years and writing about sport for a living for 19 years. Former Assistant Sports editor for the Gazette News Paper Group and former Tallaght Voice Sports Editor. Have had work published in publications around the world when working as a freelance journalist. Also co-founder of Junior Sports Media and Leinster Rugby PRO of the Year winner. email: editoririshboxing@gmail.com