RING legend Oscar De La Hoya reckons that everything will be on the line for Cork’s Gary ‘Spike’ O’Sullivan in Canada next month.
The pride of Mahon has been lined up to meet American contender Antoine Douglas for the vacant WBO Inter-Continental title at the Place Bell in Quebec on December 16. The clash will be a world title eliminator.
Former six-weight world champion De La Hoya, the 1992 Olympic gold medallist, believes fight fans will see the best in the middleweight division in Quebec.
“While Canelo Alvarez and Gennady Golovkin sit atop the division, these two fights will likely determine their challengers in the near future. Everything is on the line for all these guys,” he said.
O’Sullivan, whose only two losses in his 28-bout career have been to world champs Saunders and Chris Eubank Jnr, impressed in his fourth-round stoppage of Nick Quigley in the main event on a Golden Boy and ESPN card in Boston last September. He’s won four on the bounce ahead of his Canadian debut and reckons he’ll be the best he can be in Quebec.
“I’m coming off a tremendous knockout win and that high has carried into my training for this huge co-main event opportunity, said the Leesider.
“I’m excited to be making my HBO debut on such a card, and will not disappoint in giving everyone a show. Antoine Douglas should be prepared to face the best version of myself in the ring.”
His coach Paschal Collins explained that the objective of fighting in Boston last September has been achieved.
“He’s been building up to this and the last fight we had in Boston with Quigley, basically they told us that if we win that fight there’s a deal there for you with bigger fights to come. That’s why we took the fight with Golden Boy,” he said.
“They’re guaranteeing us a world title fight. It’s an unofficial eliminator. That’s why it’s a WBO Inter-Continental title. It’s another fight in his journey but it’s great opportunity for him.”