Gary O’Sullivan’s Gennady Golovkin aspirations are not as fanciful as they first seemed.
Well not if one Oscar De La Hoya is to believed.
The fight legend and Golden Boy boss claims that the four middleweights, of which ‘Spike’ is one, that fight live on HBO in Laval, Quebec, in Canada on Saturday December 16th are effectively competing to become future challengers for massive stars Canelo Alvarez and Gennady Golovkin.
The Cork middle has said if -as he confidently predicts he will -he beats rising U.S. contender Antoine Douglas [22(16)-1(1)-1] on the chief support bout of the WBO middleweight title clash between champion and former opponent Billy Joe Saunders and David Lemieux ‘GGG’ will be the first name he drops after the fight.
While the Celtic Warrior Gym fighter is adamant he could inflict damage on World champion others have claimed he has no realistic hope of getting the fight.
De La Hoya it seems believes otherwise and recently said when discussing the December 16 main even and chief support bouts.
“While Canelo Alvarez and Gennady Golovkin sit atop the division, these two fights will likely determine their challengers in the near future. Everything is on the line for all these guys.”
There are rumours if O’Sullivan does win in Canada he will join Jason Quigley on the books of Golden Boy and a four fight deal will be activated, but when De La Hoya discusses future aspirations of the victor you get the sense he is trying to increase Douglas’ big fight chances.
Golden Boy seem to have taken a shine to the American and for Golden Boy’s Eric Gomez it seems the chief support is all about seeing what Douglas can do.
“We’re very excited to work with Antoine Douglas,” Gomez said. “He’s a very talented middleweight and he’ll get his chance to be on HBO and we’ll see how he performs. I’ve known about Douglas for a long time and liked him and we were able to make a co-promotional deal to work with him and Vito [Mielnicki of GH3 Promotions].”