New fight date confirmed for Spike O’Sullivan

Spike O’Sullivan [23(15)-2(1)] has had his first fight date for the new year confirmed.

A frustrating 2016 has seen the Cork middleweight spend much of the year recovering from a persistent ear-drum problem, but he returned in September with a strong eight-round points victory over Jaime Barboza.

A chase for a fight with London 2012 Olympic bronze medalist Anthony Ogogo ensued, but would be ended when the Norwich boxer was sensationally stopped by Craig Cunningham in October.

O’Sullivan will now begin again on Saturday March 18th in Boston. The 32 year old Leesider has been announced to be appearing on a Murphy’s Boxing card at the House of Blues – which will also see the Dropkick Murphys perform a live acoustic set.

The only other boxer currently announced for the card is fellow Murphys middleweight Mark DeLuca, but it is hoped that Irish boxers such as Niall Kennedy, Stevie Collins Jr, TJ Doheny, Paddy Irwin, and even Luke Keeler may also feature.

An opponent for O’Sullivan has yet to be confirmed.

The fight date adds to an already-packed St Patrick’s Weekend for Irish boxing, with Mick Conlan making his pro debut on the Friday at the Theater in Madison Square Garden, Katie Taylor appearing on the Gennady Golovkin undercard at the Madison Square Garden Arena the following night, as well as a rumoured show in Dublin.

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