Cork boxer Spike is eyeing up a rematch with Saunders

Cork boxer Spike is eyeing up a rematch with Saunders
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CORK middleweight Gary 'Spike O’Sullivan will be eying up a revenge rematch with British 2008 Olympian Billy Joe Saunders with a World title on the line if both men win in Canada on Saturday night.

O’Sullivan meets American prospects Antoine Douglas for the vacant WBO Inter-Continental belt in the chief support bout to Saunders’ WBO World middleweight defence against David Lemieux in Lavel, Quebec.

Douglas recently inked a deal with Oscar De La Hoya’s Golden Boy team and an O’Sullivan victory this weekend could see him sign a four-fight contract with the famed American stable.

“I fully expect to be fighting for a world title after this fight, probably against the winner of Saunders and Lemieux and I’d be happy to take on either one of those guys,” said O’Sullivan, who lost to Saunders – who beat Limerick’s Andy Lee for the belt in 2015 – in 2013.

O’Sullivan, coached and managed by Paschal Collins, has won three fights in the US this year, but Saturday will be his debut on Canadian soil.

The Mahon orthodox has won 26 of his 28 outings with a 64% KO ratio while Virginia-native Douglas has won 22 of his 24 fights (1 draw) with a 67% KO ratio.

“He’s a good fighter and he likes to box, said O’Sullivan of his opponent. “I actually think he boxes in a similar style to Floyd Mayweather. He did get stopped by a guy that fights similarly to me though and I will be looking to repeat that.” Nothing has been spared in training camp for the Leesider since the world title eliminator was announced and he’ll be in top nick for the 10-rounder.

“I’m ready for ten hard rounds if that’s what is needed.”

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