Cork's Gary Spike O'Sullivan looking to knock Munguia out on Saturday night

Cork's Gary Spike O'Sullivan looking to knock Munguia out on Saturday night
Gary "Spike" O'Sullivan, Irish professional boxer with his coach Packie Collins at the Celtic Warriors Boxing Club in Dublin. Photograph Moya Nolan

GARY "SPIKE" O'SULLIVAN will be aiming for an inside the distance win not far from the scene of the battle of the Alamo on Saturday night.

The Cork middleweight meets Jaime Munguia over 12 rounds at the Alamodone in San Antonio, Texas where the unbeaten Mexican will be looking to rack up the 35th victory of his career.

O'Sullivan arrived in Boston last Thursday and travelled to Texas overnight with his coach Paschal Collins.

Conal Thomas, a big supporter of Cork boxing in both codes, will also be in O'Sullivan's corner and he believes that the Mahon orthodox will be in top form against the Tijuana puncher.

Munguia impressed at super-welter, winning a World WBO title. He successfully defended the belt five times, including a controversial majority decision over Kildare's Dennis Hogan in Mexico last April.

But 23-year-old has struggled to make the 154lb limit and has moved up a notch, and that could be a factor, according to Thomas.

"Spike probably needs a knockout because Dennis Hogan fought this lad before and many believe Dennis won. They're not going to give the decision easy to Spike, he said.

"He has to fight hard. I honestly believe that Spike has the right frame of mind. This could potentially be a massive earner for him. I think that this will be the best you'll see him.

"He's getting the training. He's very relaxed, and he's in a good frame of mind. Pascal is very confident. Pascal thinks that if Spike puts in a performance, he will knock him out.

"Your man is not a heavy hitter, but he's very fast. He's moved up to middleweight. You'd never know what way it will pan out."

Munguia reckons that middleweight suits him and doesn't think Saturday's twelve rounder will go the distance.

"The six pounds that I am gaining will help me. I was already going through a lot of wear to reach 154lbs. I think it is a fight that's going to end by knockout, I think in the fourth round," he said.

Meanwhile, "Prizefighter", a documentary on Gary O'Sullivan premieres tomorrow night on Virgin Media One (10 pm).

Terry McMahon, who directed the documentary, will be at ringside in Texas to support O'Sullivan on Saturday.

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