O’Sullivan Teixeira rumour intensifies, but Golden Boy claim champion has mandatory obligations

Gary ‘Spike’ O’Sullivan [30(21)-4(3)] may have to wait for his shot at the WBO as Golden Boy suggest reigning champion Patrick Teixeira [31(22)-1(1)] will face his mandatory next.

The Cork fighter was initially lined up for a world title eliminator on the Canelo Alvarez Billy Joe Saunders May 2 undercard before lockdown shot that down.

In the time since, the Mahon man has called out the WBO light middleweight world champion and the possibility of him going straight into a world title fight seemed to increase daily.

Online responses from the Brazilian, and the fact he had been asked about the clash by Golden Boy’s media wing, increased both interest and belief the fight may happen.

Indeed, a July 4 head to head was strongly suggested and manager and coach Pascal Collins revealed preliminary talks had taken place.

This week rumour with regard to the fight intensified significantly, but it looks as if it may only happen after Teixeira has handled his mandatory obligations.

The title holder is back in training and readying himself for a fight, which Golden Boy’s Matchmaker Robert Diaz confirmed will be against his mandatory challenger.

Argentinian 30-year-old Brian Carlos Castano is next in line for a belt many believe should be in the possession of Dennis Hogan, post his Jaime Munguia clash, with Liam Smith #2.

Teixeira and Castano were meant to meet previously only for the lockdown to halt plans and it seems logical that would be the champions next fight.

The optimism surrounding the O’Sullivan camp at the moment suggests a big fight is on the horizon. It may be an eliminator at light middle has been secured, that or they know something we don’t with regard to the world title.

Jonny Stapleton

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