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Title fight on Jay Z bill gone but American dream still alive for Spike

GARY ‘Spike’ O’Sullivan’s proposed NBC broadcast fight with WBA International and WBC Silver middleweight champion Tureano Johnson has fallen through.

The Cork middleweight was due to challenge the American on a St Patrick’s but a falling out between RocNation’s Jay Z and Gary Shaw has seen the cancellation of a bout that would have given O’Sullivan a massive opportunity to move up the rankings and win Stateside fans.

Whilst the Celtic Warrior Gym middleweight will disappointed the title fight has fallen through he still has the opportunity to pursue the American Dream.

‘Spike’ will be looked after by promoter Ken Casey and will be kept busy over the coming months.

The 30 year old will fight on the same card as Patrick Hyland in Madison Square Garden on March 14 and will trade leather in Boston in April. By May team O’Sullivan hope to have some form of ranking boosting title fight.

“It’s unfortunate for Spike the title fights fell through,” manager and coach Pascal Collins told Irish-boxing.com.

“But as one door closes another opens. Spike will train here in Dublin, but will fight over in America over the next few months. Ken Casey of the Drop Kick Murphy’s will promote him over there. It great that Spike now has a promoter that is willing to back him and put money behind so he can reach the level his talent deserves.”




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