Cork boxing: Spike vows to keep chasing his dream of being a world champion

Cork boxing: Spike vows to keep chasing his dream of being a world champion
Gary 'Spike' O'Sullivan. Picture: Stephen McCarthy/Sportsfile

GARY 'SPIKE' O’Sullivan has vowed to continue chasing his dream of becoming a world champion.

“So I was thinking there’s most likely more of my career behind me than ahead of me,” he recently remarked via in a social media post that fueled speculation that’s he’s considering retiring.

However, the 35-year-old told the Echo that he has no intention of hanging up his gloves anytime soon and is determined to bring a world title back to Cork.

The Leesider has boxed 153 rounds since his pro debut at the Neptune Stadium in 2008 and had won 30 of his 34 outings over the last 12 years.

“I will definitely be fighting on. Hopefully, one day, I will be a world champion. I’ll keep chasing the dream,” he said The Mahon orthodox is aiming to have another two fights this year, one of which could be on the Saul 'Canelo' Alveraz undercard.

That’ll probably be for an International belt and an eliminator for a tilt at the big one. There had been speculation that he’d cross swords with Brazil’s WBO light-middle champion Patrick Teixeira.

But the Sau Paulo southpaw, who is promoted by Golden Boy, as is O’Sullivan, is slated for a mandatory with Brian Castano.

O’Sullivan, for his part, could meet an opponent to be confirmed in an eliminator this summer and if he wins — and Teixeira sees off Castano - then the Corkman is back in business.

Teixeira was elevated to full WBO light-middle champion after Mexico’s Jaime Munguia, who was struggling at 154lbs, vacated the belt and moved up to middleweight to meet O’Sullivan in Texas last month.

That 12-rounder ended in an 11th-round stoppage for the unbeaten Tijuana native but the Corkman asked plenty of questions of his heralded opponent on a night when Munguia, who was wobbled by a big hook for O’Sullivan in the third round, mostly escaped sanction for repeated low blows.

Meanwhile, American promoter Bob Arum, who promotes Michael Conlan, believes his fighter Ryota Murata, who beat Kilkenny’s Darren O’Neill at the 2011 World Elites, will not fight Alvarez next.

That opens up the possibility that Canelo will meet Billy Joe Saunders, who has beaten O’Sullivan in the past, or Callum Smith in May ahead of completing his trilogy with Gennady Golovkin in September.

There’s a lot of ifs and buts involved, but O’Sullivan impressed against Munguia in Texas and will have another high profile outing this year.

The Mexican predicted he was going to stop the Corkman in the fourth round San Antonio, but he had to work hard for his win.

“It was a tough fight and caught him in the third round. You could see them (Munguai’s team) jumping up they were so worried,” said O’Sullivan.

“I enjoyed fighting in Texas. There was a lot of his fans there from Mexico, and they showed me a lot of respect. I felt that I earned their respect.

“I hope to fight in May (on the Canelo undercard). It will be in Las Vegas, and it will be an eliminator, at light-middleweight. That’s what I’ve been told anyway. I’m moving back to light-middleweight. I was comfortable at middleweight, but I’d be stronger at light-middle.

“I think that Canelo is going to fight Billy Joe Saunders. I thought I’d get a shot at him (Teixeira), but he has a mandatory defence.

“They’re telling me I’ll get an International title shot at light-middle. He’s (Teixeira) is promoted by Golden Boy and I would get to fight him if he comes through the mandatory.

“I definitely will be fighting on. I’ll probably fight in May and if I come through that fight for a World title in September.”

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