EXCLUSIVE: Gary O’Sullivan puts Canelo behind him, focuses on 154
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 it’s 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 running to face the Canelo v GGG rematch winner, 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 fight commentary, was the weight difference between Lemieux and O’Sullivan. Roy Jones Jr. labeled 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. I left my watch on a few drops of water 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.
Interview by Chandler Waller.