EXCLUSIVE: Gary O’Sullivan targets Jaime Munguia 154 title shot in 2019
Gary O’Sullivan has laid out his plans for 2019. The Irishman wants to pursue a title fight against stablemate Jaime Munguia.
In an interview with WBN, O’Sullivan outlined his goal for next year.
“My plans for 2019 are to try and capture the light middleweight world title. I think it’s more reasonable than ever for me to become world champion because I’ve got the backing of Golden Boy and it’s obviously a lower weight division. So in theory, I should have more power there,” O’Sullivan exclusively told World Boxing News.
With an impressive record of dominantly middleweight victories, O’Sullivan looks to go 29-3 on Friday night against Gabor Gorbics. Boasting a record of 20 KOs, ‘Spike’ told WBN:
“I’ve knocked out 20 middleweights. I think that would make making the weight more fathomable for me.
“With this particular fight against Gabor Gorbics the weight limit is like 158lbs. That’s because I’ve only actually been in camp for like four weeks whereas I trained like 12 weeks for Lemieux so it would be in all better condition.”
O’Sullivan addressed the short notice of his next fight but states with a full camp he is ready to take on the light middleweight division.
“This fight it has been a little bit of short notice, to be honest. But I think for a bigger fight a more prolonged training camp and preparing for my proposed weight I’d make the weight easier.”
With his eyes set on the crown holders in the 154 division, O’Sullivan has great champions lying in wait for him all across the pond.
Unified champ Jarrett Hurd made an impressive display dispatching of Jason Welborn after having shoulder surgery on the Wilder vs. Fury undercard.
Jermell Charlo makes another defence of his WBC title against Tony Harrison on the 22nd with the Jarrett Hurd fight looming over.
Jaime Munguia picked up the WBO title in May as part of his five appearances this year! He fights Takeshi Inoue on the 26th January with O’Sullivan on the horizon.
When asked how many fights he wants at light middleweight before the world title shot against Munguia, he responded confidently by saying: “One. Probably for a ranked title, get a ranking at light middleweight and it doesn’t really matter, I think its going to be March or maybe two fights.
“Is Munguia going to fight Dennis Hogan and May being the Mexican holiday, I’m not sure, if he does maybe I’ll fight on the undercard of that one as well.”
“I’d like to fight March in Boston if I can and headline a show there fighting for a ranking title and maybe if Munguia has to defend his title against Dennis Hogan, maybe I’ll fight on the undercard of them and then me and Munguia fight in September,” he concluded.
Chandler Waller is a staff writer for World Boxing News. Follow Chandler on Twitter @ChandlerWaller