BRAZIL'S WBO World light-middleweight champion Patrick Teixeira has admitted that he's annoyed by some of the things Gary 'Spike' O'Sullivan is saying about him.
Both men are promoted by Oscar De La Hoya's Golden Boy and could meet after the Covid-19 restrictions are lifted.
O'Sullivan believes he would win that meeting and bring a world title back to Cork.
The Leesider has been given significant fight assurances by Golden Boy and is confident he is at the very least just one victory away from a world title fight.
"I think I could really give Patrick Teixeira a run for his money. I'm a better fighter now than I ever was and I'm more experienced," said the Mahon orthodox.
"Hopefully, one day, I will be a world champion. I'll keep chasing the dream."
O'Sullivan is coming off a defeat to Jaime Munguia in San Antonio, Texas in January. The loss was the fourth of his 34-bout career.
"I stepped up, and I fought the likes of Billy Joe Saunders, Chris Eubank Jr, David Lemieux, and Jaime Munguia," O'Sullivan added.
"But they're all bigger men than me. I'm really a junior middleweight, and I'd like the opportunity to fight for a world title in my weight division. I believe I've earned that, and I believe I deserve it."
Teixeira has won 31 of his 32 outings. The Sao Paulo southpaw has 22 knockouts to his name and has broken his silence in relation to a fight with the Corkman.
"He did interviews and published things challenging me, saying things you shouldn't. I'm very shy, I don't like controversy, but in that case, I couldn't keep silent," he said.
"I'll show him in the ring. He talks a lot of nonsense, and I will make him swallow that moustache.
"I am a very humble person, and he has been disrespecting me for several days. So I want to beat him up and get him out of the boxing. He deserves a beating."
Because of the coronavirus pandemic, there is no telling who the Brazilian will meet next or where that fight will be.
Teixeira was scheduled to face mandatory challenger Brian Castano in April, but that bout was shelved because of the Covid-19 outbreak and will have to be rescheduled.
"I am waiting for my promoters and manager to confirm, but if O'Sullivan is a rival to me, I would love to hit him," added Teixeira.
"I'm waiting for Golden Boy to give me a fight date. It doesn't matter who the opponent is. I will be ready.
"He had good fights, and he fought many top-level athletes. Now he only needs someone to retire him from boxing – and as he talks so much nonsense about me, it would be a pleasure to do him this favour."