He certainly isn’t at the top of their list. Considering he has lost his World ranking, at the present time he may not even be on the list.
However, the people that look after undefeated superstar and WBA, IBF and WBC middleweight World champion Gennady Golovkin [36(33)-0] are aware of Gary ‘Spike’ O’Sullivan [23(15)-2(1)].
The feared Kazakh’s team have told the Cork man to ‘stay ready’ just in case he gets a call.
The former Irish Champion, whose sole career defeats have come to WBO title holder Billy Joe Saunders and Chris Eubank Jr, hasn’t been afraid to voice his desire to fight ‘GGG’.
The Paschal Collins-trained middleweight isn’t World title eligible at present, having lost his rankings after the defeat to long-time rival Eubank Jr, and his Golovkin call-outs have been questioned by some fight fans.
However, the popular puncher hopes to regain a Top 15 spot with a rankings title win before the year is out, and is on the radar of a fighter, who likes to stay busy but finds it hard to get willing opponents.
“Golovkin’s people have actually been on to ‘Spike’ and told him just to stay ready,” trainer Collins told Irish-Boxing.com.
“It’s always the case with ‘GGG’ that people don’t want to fight him and he is looking for opponents.”
“We all know ‘Spike’ would love that fight, we know he has to get a win or two under his belt and get back in the rankings, but they are aware of him and why not ‘Spike’ down the line if they can’t make the big fights they are after?”
Like former World champion and Ireland’s leading middleweight Andy Lee, who himself would love the Golovkin bout, Collins believes the only way to take on the undefeated knockout artist is to take the fight to him early.
“What would I do against Golovkin? It’s a World title fight and I think all you can do is put it on him.”
“He is a great fighter and champion, but look what Kell Brook did against him. He landed and Kell isn’t a middleweight. ‘Spike’ carries genuine power and would test his chin at the very least. It’s a World title fight why not just go for it,” Collins added.