EXCLUSIVE: Gary O’Sullivan rules out David Lemieux, eyes Canelo for Sept
Gary O’Sullivan has exclusively revealed to WBN that he’s set to face superstar Canelo Alvarez in September regardless of the result in the Mexican’s next fight.
Canelo is set to fight Gennady Golovkin in their highly-anticipated rematch, and win or lose on May 5th, O’Sullivan stated the encounter is on and he’s backing himself to KO the Mexican.
O’Sullivan, commonly known as ‘Spike’, is coming off perhaps a career-best performance in knocking out Antoine Douglas through seven rounds on the undercard of the Billy Joe Saunders v David Lemieux last December.
The enigmatic Irishman had been touted for a fight on the Canelo v GGG undercard against David Lemieux, but he 33 year-old revealed that is not the case.
“I’m fighting May 4th in Vegas, I don’t even have an opponent announced, but I will have an opponent announced soon and I know it’s not Lemieux and I know it’s not Rosado, it’s neither of those,” O’Sullivan exclusively told World Boxing News.
“I’m not sure who I’ll be fighting at the moment but Golden Boy are putting somebody in place and I’m going to fight them on the 4th May in Vegas,” he added.
If O’Sullivan is successful in the spring, his superfight with stablemate Canelo awaits in September, according to the Irishman.
Despite the deal already been agreed, O’Sullivan has his fingers crossed Canelo comes out on top against Golovkin, in order for the world titles to be a stake.
“The fight i’m looking at is Canelo after May 4th so I hope that Canelo obviously beats Golovkin. I’m going to fight him regardless but it’s much better for me if he wins.”
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Discussing the first fight between Canelo and Golovkin, O’Sullivan joked: “That’s what I’m hearing (that Golovkin deserved to win) but I didn’t even watch it!
“I did see the highlights and I think it’s going to be a close fight (in the rematch but I think Canelo has a good chance but it could go either way, to be honest. Maybe Canelo might win on points this time.”
Despite Canelo’s status as one of the best pound for pound fighters on the planet, O’Sullivan is not fazed one little bit and is confident in his own power.
“I’m looking forward to it you know, I’m very excited about it for that fight I believe I’m possibly the hardest puncher in the whole division.
“if Canelo beats Golovkin I’d love the opportunity to knock him out and prove I can mix it with the best in this division,” he concluded.
Thomas Davison is a staff writer for World Boxing News. Follow Thomas on Twitter @thomasdavison93