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Underdog O’Sullivan confident of upsetting the odds

Spike O’Sullivan has no problem in being the outsider with the bookies ahead of his grudge match with Chris Eubank Jr this weekend.

The Cork middleweight is 9/2 in some places to win his showdown with the son of the two-weight World champion at the O2 Arena in London on Saturday live on Sky Box Office.

Indeed, the Leesider needs only to look at his Celtic Warriors Gym to see underdog’s can often overturn the applecart – for example Jono Carroll last year won Prizefighter Lightweights despite starting as a 14/1 outsider.

Speaking yesterday on Sky Sports News HQ, O’Sullivan explained that “as an Irishman very often we’re underdogs.”

“McBride against Tyson – he was an underdog. Steve Collins against Eubank – he was also an underdog. It’s no different this time, and the outcome will also be no different.”

The Irish KO artist is not overawed by his foe, reasoning that “He’s a good boxer, but he’s not a great boxer and I’m going to show that on December 12 and teach him a lesson.”

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