Cork boxer Spike O'Sullivan training hard in lockdown with his sights set on a title shot this summer in Florida

Cork boxer Spike O'Sullivan training hard in lockdown with his sights set on a title shot this summer in Florida
Former WBO Middleweight title holder Gary 'Spike' O'Sullivan at Croke Park. He remains focused on getting his hands on another belt. Picture: Brian Lawless/SPORTSFILE

CORK light-middleweight boxer Gary 'Spike' O'Sullivan is being lined up for an Independence Day World title shot in the USA.

The Mahon fighter could go head-to-head with Brazil's WBO champion Patrick Teixeira on July 4 in Florida, according to O'Sullivan's coach and manager Paschal Collins.

O'Sullivan said via social media that challenging the Brazilian keeps him motivated through the Covid-19 lockdown.

Oscar De La Hoya's Golden Boxing Promotions, who promote O'Sullivan, are planning an American Independence Day card on July 4 in Florida which could be behind closed doors because of the coronavirus outbreak.

"It would be a dream come true to get a world title shot. Both of us are promoted by Golden Boy as well so it would be an easy fight to make, " said O'Sullivan.

Sao Paulo southpaw Teixeira has won 30 of his 31 outings and claimed the vacant WBO belt on a unanimous decision over Carlos Adames in Las Vegas last November.

The 31-year old was slated for the first defence of his title last month, but the Covid-19 restrictions saw that bout shelved.

"The fight with Spike and this guy has been mentioned. Teixeira was to make a voluntary defence of his title, that should have happened in April. That was cancelled, but I think that fight is all gone now," said Collins.

"I don't know if they rescheduled or looked for another date for that, but it seems like that fight itself might be gone.

"I think they'll be looking for a new opponent. I discussed this as a possibility, and I know they are going to do a show on July 4 in Florida.

"I'm saying if they don't have anyone to headline that, we're willing to fight Teixeira for the title."

Collins added that O'Sullivan has never avoided anyone and is training through the lockdown in anticipation of another shot at the big one.

"Spike's fought all the big fights. We've discussed this for a long time. He's fought (weights) all bigger men," said Collins.

"We decided after the David Lemieux fight to fight at junior (light) middleweight. This is your weight, make your name, make a few bob.

"Top fights can be made as easy as you and me on the phone having a conversation. Sit down and show us the numbers.

"During all this coronavirus, Spike has been training; he's been tipping away. We can hit the ground running. He can do it."

The only defeat of Teixeira's career was to Curtis Stevens in a WBC showdown in Las Vegas in May 2016. The Brazilian moved down a limit after the reversal.

Elsewhere, unbeaten Cork super-feather James Power is planning to be fighting fit when the Covid-19 restrictions are lifted.

The Dripsey battler, who turned 19 last month, has won all five of his pro fights so far and had the distinction of being Ireland's youngest pro boxer in 2018. Power is signed with Sheer Sports of Los Angeles.

"I'm waiting for this to all blow over to attain my visa, and then I will be moving to LA on a permanent basis. Small goals like that are keeping me busy," he told the Echo.

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