Pascal Collins gives Spike O’Sullivan world title fight update

Talks re a possible world title fight for Gary ‘Spike’ O’Sullivan [30(21)-4(3)] are on going and a summer tilt remains an option according to Pascal Collins.

The Cork light middleweight recently revealed he would fight WBO champion Patrick Teixeira  [31(22)-1(1)] when boxing resumes.

There was rumour of an Golden Boy Independence Day July 4 fight, but nothing is confirmed as of yet.

Speaking on Newstalk’s Off The Brawl this week coach and manager Collins confirmed talks have been had and the fight remains a possibility.

“There is a possibility Spike could fight in July or August for a world title,” said Collins.

“We are talking in the background, it’s just talk at the moment for Teixeira  and Spike for the WBO junior middleweight title. It’s a possibility.”

The Cabra native was clear he wasn’t keen for any of his Celtic Warrior Gym fighters to rush back. Collins suggested September may be the earliest the likes of Niall Kennedy, Craig O’Brien and Ray Moylette may fight again, pointing out he would like all to be safe and have a full camp under their belt.

However, in terms of a ‘big fight’ he would make an excpetion.

“If [Teixeira versus Spike]  happens it’s a big fight, you got some money to play with. You go away from home and you try and bring people into a small camp. You can have them tested and you can pay people to be there and away from home. You can all stay in the one area. You can do it that way.”

The main stumbling block for the making of the fight would be travel. It remains to be seen if the Mahon middle would be allowed to travel stateside by July or August.

Speaking in more general terms Collins added: “I am not You want your fighter 110% right for a fight. They cannot get themselves right under the [current] circumstances. I put health concerns first. So I am not in a rush back for that reason unless it’s a big fight.”

The coach also discussed the possibility of former charge Luke Keeler and Json Quigley fighting.

Keeler called out his fellow Irish middleweight via Irish-boxing.com and the Donegal fighter responded via the site, stating he’d felt the fight was too big to take place during lockdown.

Collins seemed to agree and stressed what he felt was a pick’em fight should only take place if something significant was on the line.

Jonny Stapleton

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