Gary ‘Spike’ O’Sullivan [30(21)-4(3)] doesn’t want to give up his unique fight making skills post retirement.
The Cork light middleweight is renowned for talking himself into big fights, having insulted his way into lucrative clashes with the likes of Chris Eubank Jr and David Lemieux.
The 154lbs world title hopeful wants to continue to use those skills once he hangs up the gloves and plans to go into management.
Speaking to the Ring magazine the 35-year-old said: “I would honestly love to manage fighters. I think I would do a much better job at that than training.”
In saying that O’Sullivan isn’t done with competing in the ring just yet.
The Celtic Warrior Gym middle has been linked with WBO light middleweight world champion Patrick Tiexeira.
It remains to be seen if that fight could happen next, but if not it’s certainly one that could be made once the Brazilian’s mandatory obligations are out of the way.
The Mahon man still holds world title hopes and it seems he won’t be happy until he realizes that dream.
“I’m not looking forward to that side of life just yet,” he added. “I’ve been boxing for a long time, and my mission has yet to be completed.”
The 35-year-old moved back up to middleweight for his last fight, a clash with former Dennis Hogan foe Jaime Munguia. He doesn’t quite lament taking that chance, but does feel he should have explored light middleweight life a lot earlier in his career.
“My biggest regret was pursuing my dream of becoming a world champion as a middleweight,” O’Sullivan said. “I’ve had nine bouts as a junior middleweight, and I wish I stayed at 154-pounds. The opportunities, however, were at 160, and unfortunately for me, I faced a lot of excellent fighters and bigger men.”