THERE is something different about Gary ‘Spike’ O’Sullivan of late.
The Cork middleweight was never one to lack confidence in his ability and when he told you he could compete with the World’s best you never doubted he believed it.
However, there was always doubt in his eyes when he called for fights with the likes of Matthew Macklin, Andy Lee, Chris Eubank Jr et all. Not doubt that he was a worthy foe for any of those on his hit list, but he seemed skeptical those fights could be made.
‘Spike’ just didn’t seem to have the promotional clout or backing behind him to put himself in position to get such high profile fights. It was a high risk low reward scenario and his former promoter didn’t seem to keen to give him the opportunities his talent deserved.
However, since teaming up with Murphy’s Boxing palace gates not just doors have started to open. Putting in a few fan friendly knock out wins Stateside has helped and O’Sullivan’s demeanor has changed. Not only to does he come close to convincing you he could stop the beast that is Gennady Golovkin, but you know he is confident that massive fights which such names isn’t out of his grasp.
The 30 year old big puncher can further cement his contender status by claiming the WBA NABA title in Boston this weekend and grow and army of fans if he impresses against Melvin Betancourt on an massive NBC and Sky Sports broadcast card in Boston on Saturday night.
And that’s what the Celtic Warrior Gym puncher plans to do. One he ‘knock outs’ his fellow big puncher ‘Spike’ will be targeting every big middleweight name there is.
“This is absolutely awesome fighting here and it’s a very important fight for me to go win.
“When I knock out my opponent on Saturday, I want to be the number one contender in the division and fight all the big names,” he said at a media work out at The Ring Boxing Club in Boston Wednesday to kick off fight week for this Saturday’s Premier Boxing Champions on NBC card at Agganis Arena that is headlined by Andre Dirrell vs. James DeGale with coverage starting at 4:30 p.m. ET/1:30 p.m. PT.