Sunday 17 December 2017

Once Eubank gets hit by me, it will be a whole different story - Cork's Spike O'Sullivan

Chris Eubank Jr
Chris Eubank Jr

Bernard O'Neill

A bitter social media feud will be resolved in London tonight when Cork's Gary 'Spike' O'Sullivan meets Chris 'English' Eubank Jr.

The pair, who have been trading insults liberally on Twitter and other social media outlets for over two years, are slated to clash in a middleweight eliminator at the O2 Arena.

The winner is likely to face regular WBA middleweight champion Daniel Jacobs.

The backbeat to this evening is that Paschal Collins, brother of former World champion Steve, is O'Sullivan's coach.

Steve Collins beat Eubank Jr's father Chris Snr in two WBO world title fights in Cork in 1995. The two are expected to renew acquaintances in London tonight.

Moreover, Andy Lee's coach Adam Booth is Eubank Jr's chief second - and Lee is backing the Brighton puncher to beat his fellow Munster middleweight.

The Limerick southpaw defends his WBO belt against Billy Joe Saunders - the only man to have beaten O'Sullivan (22-1) and Eubank (20-1) - in Manchester next weekend.

Lee said: "It's a 50/50 fight, but I'd favour Eubank Jnr to win just because I think he has a little bit more pedigree."

The bookies have Eubank at 1/6 and O'Sullivan at 4/1, but the Cork orthodox has vowed to detonate the big one.

"In every one of his fights he gets hit. Once he gets hit by me it will be a whole different story. He's never been in with someone who punches like me," said the Leesider.

Eubank Junior warned: "He's dug himself a very deep hole and he's not going to be able to get out of it. I am ready to go in there and cause destruction."

Meanwhile, Olympic champion Anthony Joshua is refusing to look past his fight with fellow London heavyweight Dillian Whyte tonight.

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