EXCLUSIVE: Gary O’Sullivan puts Canelo behind him, focuses on 154

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Gary O’Sullivan gave his thought to WBN on the middleweight division potentially opening up to a new breed of champions.

O’Sullivan addressed the happenings as Canelo, Gennady Golovkin and others potentially eye a run in the 168 division.

“It’s exciting for me as its another avenue for me to explore should the opportunities arise. I think Canelo will move back down and keeps his titles. He’s not a super middleweight I don’t believe,” O’Sullivan exclusively told World Boxing News.

Canelo showed a much more impressive display against GGG in their September rematch before destroying Rocky Fielding on Saturday.

O’Sullivan was originally in the running to face the winner of the Canelo v GGG rematch, but after losing via KO to David Lemieux the opportunity vanished.

“Maybe I get a fight with him down the line. I’m going to see how the weight goes at light middleweight because I think it should be okay.”

A big factor noticed especially in HBO’s commentary of the fight was the weight difference between Lemieux and O’Sullivan. Roy Jones Jr. labelled it as a cruiserweight vs. a super middleweight to simplify terms.

O’Sullivan spoke about this after his short assessment of the 160lbs division: “I woke up on weight at the Lemieux fight just about 157 and it’s too late to be fighting at 160.


“I had a full dinner the night before and I had a coffee in the morning of the weigh-in. A few drops of water and I left my watch on just to make it look like I was a bit heavier.

“I never train quite like I am now, not giving everything and that, I used to drink and eat food and all that.

“I’ve become far more professional in my approach. Probably just after the Nick Quigley fight because I could see the reality of the chance to make some good money so it gave me the appetite and made me hungry,” he concluded.

Chandler Waller is a staff writer for World Boxing News. Follow Chandler on Twitter @ChandlerWaller