By Jonny Stapleton
Gary ‘Spike’ O’Sullivan is the latest Irish fighter to secure a St Patrick’s weekend fight and the most recent to end a frustrating period of inactivity.
The Cork favourite ends a nine month ring sabbatical on the same weekend that Matthew Macklin, Carl Frampton, Eamonn O’Kane, Seanie Monaghan and Thomas Hardwick enter the ring- with a clash on the March 16 Wembley Arena card.
The Irish middleweight champion and reigning Irish Champion of the Year faces a yet to be named opponent on the same card as ‘Irish Lightening’ Dean Byrne.
After a number of false starts O’Sullivan is just delighted to be presented the opportunity to get his Frank Warren career up and running with a middleweight contest live on Box Nation.
“It has been a very frustrating nine months. I was due to fight in October and that fell through. I was then scheduled to fight in November, but pulled out of that as I got offered the chance to defend my Irish title live on Sky in December, but that fell through aswell. It is extremely frustrating but I have a fight now and I am delighted,” O’Sullivan told RED FM
“I am back out on March 16, which is great. I am really looking forward to it. It is a big card and a great venue. There is no opponent yet, but that doesn’t trouble me too much. I will be focused and fit on the night.”
O’Sullivan has to drop a stone before March 16 and is concerned about ring rust, but is so sure of victory is he already targeting a big Summer showdown with Billy Joe Saunders.
“Ring rust could be a factor and I would be conscious of that. I am trying to get good sparring . I had 29 rounds this week and want more. When I win this one I want to fight Billy Joe Saunders. He is in the same weight category as me and we are in same camp so it could be made. We could fight for a title or for a title eliminator.”