Team O’Sullivan warned to keep demands “realistic” by manager of Danny Jacobs


The manager of Danny Jacobs has warned Spike O’Sullivan [27(19)-2(1)] and his team to be careful with their demands or they risk losing the lucrative fight.

It was revealed on Irish-Boxing.com yesterday that the Cork middleweight had received an offer to face two-time world title challenger Jacobs [33(29)-2(1)] – most likely on a Matchroom USA bill on April 28th in Brooklyn.

O’Sullivan’s manager and trainer Paschal Collins explained that a fight with ‘The Miracle Man’ was the one which made most sense financially, however seemed to indicate that they were negotiating for a larger sum of money.

There could be a game of hardball afoot though, with Keith Connolly, who manages Jacobs, telling Team O’Sullivan to keep their demands “realistic”.

Connolly outlined to BoxingScene how “Billy Joe Saunders is our No. 1 target, but he obviously doesn’t want anything to do with Danny. The other guys that we’re waiting to hear back from could also be good fights.

“Spike O’Sullivan is one of those guys and he’s coming off a solid knockout win. But he has to be realistic in his demands if he wants the fight to happen. Otherwise, I expect one of the other offers that we have out to be taken.”

The Mahon 33 year old moved into contention for big fights last month with a stunning upset win over Antoine Douglas on a big HBO bill in Canada.

The U.S. cable giant are associated with Matchroom USA and Jacobs – who started a new chapter in his career the month previous with a wide points win over Luis Arias.

Both O’Sullivan and Jacobs have stated their desire to become world champion – however a fight for either with WBO champion Billy Joe Saunders looks unlikely.

The preferred path seems to be the winner of Gennady Golovkin and Saul Canelo Alvarez, who look set to rematch for the Kazakh’s WBC, WBA, and IBF belts on May 5th.

Joe O'Neill

Reporting on Irish boxing the past five years. Work has appeared on irish-boxing.com, Boxing News, the42.ie, and local and national media. Provide live ringside updates, occasional interviews, and special features on the future of Irish boxing. email: joneill6@tcd.ie