GARY 'Spike' O'Sullivan has admitted that defeat in Mayo on Friday night would be an absolute disaster.
The Cork middleweight meets experienced Hungarian Gabor Gorbics on the main support bout to 'Sugar' Ray Moylette’s homecoming clash with Christian Uruzquieta for the WBC International lightweight belt at the Royal Theatre.
Budapest-native Gorbics, nicknamed Squirrel, has won 26 of his 39 bouts since turning pro six years and has a 41% KO ratio ahead of the eight rounder with the Mahon orthodox which will be televised live on TG4.
O’Sullivan is looking to bounce back from September’s loss to David Lemieux in a World title eliminator at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas. The Canadian won that fight by first round knock out, but O’Sullivan reckons it was just a lucky punch and wants another shot at the Montreal orthodox.
“A win is vital on Friday night. A loss would be an absolute disaster,” said O’Sullivan.
“He’s experienced and he can punch a bit as well as he has 16 knockouts. I won’t be taking anything for granted.
“I always look to entertain and look for a knockout. Friday night will be no different and I’m looking forward to trying to entertain the fans with a knockout.
The Corkman reckons that the west will be awake at the weekend and the 12-bout card will be a sell-out.
“It definitely going to be sold out and there should be a fantastic atmosphere.
"I returned to the gym fairly quickly after the Lemieux fight," added O’Sullivan, who has won 28 of his 31 outings.
“I think it was bad luck on the night for me, he caught me with a lucky shot. I’ll be looking to see Lemieux again before my career ends.
"But for now, I’m fully focussed on Friday night."
Meanwhile, Frank Warren plans to begin negotiations for a lucrative rematch between Tyson Fury and Deontay Wilder imminently.
In his role as Fury's promoter, and alongside the British Boxing Board of Control, he has made a complaint to the WBC over the scores that meant their thrilling world heavyweight title fight, at Los Angeles' Staples Centre, concluded as a draw.
His hope is that the sanctioning body order an immediate rematch, but speaking post-fight - having already spoken of his desire for a rematch - Wilder also reiterated his willingness to fight IBF, WBA and WBO champion Anthony Joshua.
A fight between the two champions for all four titles might even prove richer than Wilder-Fury II, but in the present circumstances would represent an injustice and also seems unlikely, with Joshua expected to fight Dillian Whyte at Wembley on April 13.