It has been confirmed tonight by ESPN that the power-punching Leesider will box in the chief support bout of the WBO middleweight title clash between champion and former opponent Billy Joe Saunders and home favourite David Lemieux at the Place Bell in Laval, Quebec, in Canada on Saturday December 16th.
O’Sullivan [26(18)-2(1)] will man the away corner against rising U.S. contender Antoine Douglas [22(16)-1(1)-1] in a ten-round non-title bout.
The fight will be shown live on U.S. premium cable network HBO.
Douglas has recently signed a promotional deal with Golden Boy, who run the event in less than a month’s time, and O’Sullivan will be hoping to make it an unhappy introduction for the Virginia 25 year old.
Douglas suffered his sole defeat last year, a tenth round stoppage to Georgian Avtandil Khurtsidze, and has bounced back with three straight wins, the last two of which being for rankings titles.
The American is ranked #7 with the WBO and #9 with both the WBA and the WBC.
The fight offers 33 year old O’Sullivan another huge opportunity, having impressed in September with a fourth round stoppage against Nick Quigley in Boston that headlined a Golden Boy on ESPN bill.
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