Following weeks of negotiations, Spike O’Sullivan [27(19)-2(1)] has accepted a deal to face two-time world title challenger Danny Jacobs [33(29)-2(1)].
The Cork middleweight has seen his stock rise exponentially since his stunning stoppage win over Antoine Douglas in Canada last month.
A career-best win for O’Sullivan, Matchroom boss Eddie Hearn soon came calling and negotiations began earlier this month.
The process though wasn’t smooth. Keith Connolly, manager of New Yorker Jacobs, would suggest that O’Sullivan and his team were asking for too much while as recently as last week promoter Hearn described the fight as being unlikely due to “politics.”
O’Sullivan’s manager and trainer Paschal Collins rebuffed all of this, and tonight the 33-year-old Leesider announced on social media that he has accepted Hearn’s offer.
Ps. Your man is going down 💯👊😴
— Gary Spike OSullivan (@spike_osullivan) January 24, 2018
Hearn responded instantaneously.
— Eddie Hearn (@EddieHearn8) January 24, 2018
While the card is yet to be officially announced, Hearn has indicated that it will take place on Saturday April 28th at the Barclays Centre in Jacobs’ native Brooklyn.
Katie Taylor, who was initially due to make her long-awaited homecoming in Dublin this April, also looks set to feature on the undercard, potentially in a WBA-IBF lightweight title unification against Victoria Noelia Bustos.
30-year-old Jacobs is the centrepiece of the USA portion of Matchroom’s stable, and made his debut under the banner in November, dominating Luis Arias.
The following month in Montreal, live on HBO, coming in as the B-side O’Sullivan upset the touted Douglas in the seventh round of their chief support bout for Billy Joe Saunders’s WBO middleweight title defence against David Lemieux