Rumours are spreading fasts that Saul Canelo Alvarez has withdrawn from his clash with Gennady Golovkin on May 5th due to the controversy surrounding the allegations of doping. This means Canelo will no longer have a second bite at the cherry to earn the WBC, IBF and WBA belts from GGG. The Mexican may be on the side-lines for up to two years depending on the outcome of the inquest.
The good news is that Canelo may have a potential stand-in but the not so good news is that it could be Irish boxer Gary Spike O’Sullivan, and not another top tier middleweight. The arrangement is gathering speed fast after boxing publications began reporting O’Sullivan was in the frame for a title shot.
The Cork boxer’s brilliant win over Antoine Douglas moved him into the world title scene on the way back from defeat to Chris Eubank Junior, and he has been in training for the 5 May date on the undercard, knowing the possibility of fighting the Kazakh boxer was very much alive.
Who is Gary Spike O’Sullivan?
Gary “Spike” O’Sullivan is an Irish boxer with a record of 29-0. His only two losses have come against Billie Joe Saunders and Chris Eubank Jr. O’Sullivan previously held the WBO International and Irish middleweight titles amongst his career honours. Outside of boxing O’Sullivan has featured is acting roles and stunt performances onset for movies, such as the 2007 film Strength and Honour.
O’Sullivan’s Recent Career Record
O’Sullivan could be perceived as a future middleweight contender on paper. His record unveils only two losses throughout his 29-fight career, and on both of those occasions he came up short against current or former title-holders in Billie Joe Saunders and Chris Eubank Jr.
Since then O’Sullivan has put together a clean run of wins, albeit victories over mid-tier fighters who cannot hold a candle to the aforementioned British stars. If there’s anything positive to take from his current form it’s that in 2017 he fought four times and saw off all opponents within 12 rounds: three by KO/TKO and one forced retirement.
What are his chances of this fight happening?
Now that the world of boxing has caught wind of the potential match-up between Spike O’Sullivan and GGG, questions are being asked as to how an unproven European fighter has wangled himself a title challenge against the pound-for-pound middleweight.
Particularly on social media a collective air of frustration has been brewing over the absence of a Canelo rematch in favour of this non-event. If the fight does go ahead on May 5th one of the first points of contention will be whether fans will want to pay to see this event. The likelihood of it commanding a high pay-per-view fee could be counterproductive for GGG’s career and personal brand.
Billie Joe Saunders was favourite to replace Canelo according to the bookmakers although his hands are tied with an all-British clash against fellow middleweight Martin Murray. Saunders had sparked rumours that he would be GGG’s plan B after putting off his scheduled bout with Murray after an injury scare. This theory could still prove to be true. Watch this space.
Can O’Sullivan hold his own against GGG?
Putting the hype of an outsider with a puncher’s chance aside, the probability of GGG defeating Spike is a foregone conclusion. This is a huge payday for the Irishman and an exhibition match for the champion. Going on form, it has to be said that Golovkin is operating on a totally different level to O’Sullivan who will have never performed on a stage like this in his boxing career.
Fans on social media are split between the pros and cons of the fighting Irishman taking centre stage in this flagship-boxing event. Here are some of the comments made recently on social media:
“I want to see my good pal and all round legend @spike_osullivan fight GGG and so does Trump, Tyson, Kell Brook and fellow Cork man Roy Keane. Make this fight happen!”
“Breaking news: Spike O’Sullivan just won the lottery!”