Spike O’Sullivan target offers pound for pound star title shot

Prime Gary ‘Spike’ O’Sullivan [30(21)-4(3)] target Patrick Teixeira [31(22)-1(1)] has set his sights on another fight.

The WBO light middleweight world champion is top of the Cork fighters wish list and has been the subject of O’Sullivan call outs of late.

Spike’s coach and manager Pascal Collins revealed talks have taken place and considering both are Golden Boy affiliated the bout looks easy to make.

Initial plans had Teixeira fighting Argentine Brian Castanho in April and Cork’s O’Sullivan trading leather on the Canelo Alvarez Billy Joe Saunders May 2 undercard in a world title eliminator.

However, the Celtic Warrior Gym fighter and former Irish middleweight champion now wants to go directly into a world title fight.

There had been rumour of a July 4 showdown, but that an obvious non runner now.

Still the Brazilian hasn’t confirmed his next move, meaning Cork hopes remains.

Although Teixeira has another fight in mind and become one of the first fighters to call out the gifted Terrence Crawford.

“I have a title, and I don’t want to defend the belt against just any random guy, I want to fight the best there is, and Terence Crawford is that man,” he told The Ring.

“It’s going to be a hard fight, a really challenging fight, and Crawford is tremendously talented.

“I see myself outpointing Crawford. It’s going to be really hard to knock out a guy like Crawford.”

Jonny Stapleton

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