Gary ‘Spike’ O’Sullivan told WBN he believes Billy Joe Saunders would beat Gennady Golovkin and Canelo ‘nine times out of ten’ whilst admitting his old foe will be cheering on opposite corners come May 5th rematch.
Golovkin and Canelo will square off against each other for the second time on May 5th after fighting out a hugely controversial draw in their first fight.
O’Sullivan revealed exclusively to WBN this past Saturday that no matter the outcome of the Canelo v GGG bout he will be fighting the Mexican in September.
Saunders, on the other hand, has previously suggested that he doesn’t believe Canelo will fight him so is hoping for a GGG win in the rematch, so he can attempt to unify the titles against the Kazakh.
The Hatfield man is coming off probably the most impressive win of his career thus far against Canadian slugger David Lemieux and holds a 2013 victory over O’Sullivan.
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“Well, I know Billy Joe very well I had said to the media prior to the fight that he would win the fight against Lemieux and win it comprehensively and that’s how it turned out,” O’Sullivan exclusively told World Boxing News.
“I believe he would beat Canelo and Golovkin too, probably nine of out ten times, he’s a special fighter. He can beat both of them.
“If I was going to the bookmakers and I got given ten grand and the only way I would get it back is by predicting correctly, I would put it on Billy,” he added.
As previously stated, ‘Spike’ is already set to fight Canelo in September regardless of the outcome of the rematch according to the Irishman and says he’s spoken to Saunders on the matter.
“I’ve discussed that with Billy Joe, he believes he’s fighting Golovkin next regardless of the result as well. He’s told me he’s going to be ringside for my fight on May 4th and we’re going to go along to observe the action between Canelo and Golovkin together.
“He will be going for Golovkin whereas I’ll be rooting for Canelo because I’m going to be fighting him whereas Billy Joe will want Golovkin to win so he can unify the division.
“We’ll be shouting for different fighters that night,” he concluded.
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