It was a decision that was vilified by some at the time.
Paschal Collins pulled out his middleweight charge after seven rounds of World title elimination action with Chris Eubank Jr and was instantly questioned and criticised by fight fans and keyboard warriors.
The Cork middleweight showed bravery, punch resistance, courage and even power over seven rounds, but was eventually pulled out by his corner after 21 minutes of entertaining action.
Collins explained his decision, suggesting his charge had lost the snap in his punches and was down on the score cards, leaving little chance of victory. The team also highlighted a perforated eardrum as reason to call a halt to the fight and explained the decision was made in the interest of the Celtic Warrior Gym punchers safety.
O’Sullivan himself wasn’t overly happy at the time, although he accepted his experienced coaches decision. However, reflecting back on that December night in the wake of the clash between former foe Eubank Jr and sparring partner Nick Blackwell, who ended up in hospital post bout ‘Spike’ took to twitter to thank his coach.
After seeing wat happened last nit I’m very greatful 4 my trainer & friend @packycollins 4 retiring me in the Eubank fight health B4 wealth
— Gary Spike OSullivan (@spike_osullivan) March 27, 2016