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Spike versus O’Kane is make or break for both fighters says Collins

A Gary ‘Spike’ O’Sullivan versus Eamonn O’Kane all Irish middleweight clash would prove make or break for both fighters and as such is a mouthwatering prospect claims Pascal Collins.

Both camps are open to the domestic dust up and there have been suggestions it’s an option for a possible April 30 Belfast show.

O’Sullivan’s coach Collins admits the it’s not the cheapest of bouts to make, but claims it’s well worth a promoter paying for.

Not only is their Irish pride at stake, but its all or nothing for both the Cork and Derry fighter claims the Dublin based trainer and manager.

Both fighters would go into the clash after defeat in World title eliminators O’Kane having lost on to Tureano Johnson in New York and ‘Spike’ suffering defeat at the gloves of arch rival Chris Eubank Jr in London and the Celtic Warrior Gym boss believes the loser of the potential derby wouldn’t be able to return to that level.

“It would be a great fight for Spike to come back with, coming off a loss and Eamonn O’Kane is coming off a loss too. I think both need the win. They are friends and have sparred each other a lot, two nice guys, but they know this is a business,” Collins told Irish-boxing.com.

“It would be make or break for either of them so it makes for a great fight. It could be a great fight, one that could be close and people might want to see it again. That is the only way I can see it not being make or break, but I think the winner goes on and is back in the mix. The winner can go looking for big names and big fights again,” Collins added before backing his man to win.

“I believe Spike would beat him. I don’t think it will be easy, but I believe Spike wins. Eamonn is the type of fighter that will be there right until the last round and if you are not 100 percent then he can take advantage. He will make you work for every single round.

“I watched his last fight. At the start I feared he would be stopped by Johnson, but as the fight went on he came back into it. He showed character and courage in abundance. He has a great amateur pedigree and Paddy Fitzpatrick is a good trainer too. It is a tough fight and one that will be entertaining. The only man that can do it is Eddie Hearn and Matchroom, but he has to pay for it. You and I know it’s worth paying for.”



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