‘I’d win inside the distance’ – Spike O’Sullivan discusses possible Oscar De La Hoya fight

Gary ‘Spike’ O’Sullivan [30(21)-4(3)] has no qualms about adding a second world champion and sporting legend to his resume – and is more than keen to trade leather with his boss Oscar De La Hoya [39(3)-6(2)].

The Cork light middleweight’s name has been mentioned in certain quarters every since the Hall of Famer has revealed he is making a comeback at the grand old age of 47.

In recent days it’s been suggested, ‘Spike’ is second on the hit list, behind former pound for pound star Sergio Martinez.

The Mahon man is certainly open to the fight and online said he had no problems making ‘The Golden Boy’ his second legendary sporting scalp, the first being snooker legend Steve Davis.

Speaking to Irish-boxing.com the Pascal Collins trained and managed puncher confirmed it’s a fight he wants.

He also revealed no official contact has been made with regard to the pair meeting and said if the did agree to fight he would get the job done inside the distance.

“I’d fancy that I’d win inside the distance.”

The 35-year-old also dismissed any fears fighting the promoter he is signed too may hamper his career moving forward.

Indeed, O’Sullivan believes if they did trade serious leather his bond with the six weight, 11 time world world champ their bond would be stronger.

“Boxing is the entertainment business and Oscar is a fighting man like myself and we have great respect for each other and I’m sure after the fight was over we would have even more respect for each other.”

O’Sullivan is looking to close in on a world title at 154lbs and has been calling out Patrick Teixiera, the Golden Boy promoted WBO title holder.

He assures a pay day against the fight legend wouldn’t affect that pursuit. In fact he suggests the fight could act as a world title eliminator of sorts.

“I’d see it not exactly as a warm up fight but more of an eliminator fight to go on to fight for the world title,” he added before revealing he remains a De La Hoya fan.

“I was and I still am a fan. I think anyone who is a boxing fan has to be a fan of Oscar’s, it would be an honour to share the ring with Oscar he is a Hall of Fame fighter and one of the all time greats. Six weight and 11 times world champion and Olympic gold medalist it would be an incredible scalp for my record and would be talked about for years to come.”

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