Saturday 23 March 2019

O'Sullivan lining up Vegas opponent


O’Sullivan: Vegas bound. Photo: Ramsey Cardy / Sportsfile
O’Sullivan: Vegas bound. Photo: Ramsey Cardy / Sportsfile

Bernard O'Neill

Canada's David Lemieux is emerging as a possible opponent for Cork middleweight Gary 'Spike' O'Sullivan on the Gennady Golovkin versus Canelo Alvarez blockbuster in Las Vegas.

Golovkin and Alvarez renew acquaintances in a megabucks rematch at the T-Mobile Arena in Nevada on September 15 and O'Sullivan is slated to go-head-to-head with an opponent to be confirmed in the chief support bout.

Montreal-native Lemieux threw down the gauntlet to Spike via social media: "Let's go @spike_osullivan you wanted to fight me, I'm here. Don't chicken out let's give the fans a fight for September," his team tweeted. O'Sullivan, however, would prefer if he didn't meet the Maple Leaf orthodox in the ring. "I looked to fight him before and he didn't give me the opportunity. At the time he ended up fighting Billy Joe Saunders I fought on the undercard. He's a possibility (for September 15) but I wouldn't like to give him the chance to tell the truth," said the Leesider.

"I will be 100pc on fight night, without doubt. I'll get the winner of Canelo and Golovkin after that. That's the agreement I have (with Golden Boy). It's a massive fight for me and for my family, it's life-changing.

Meanwhile, the IABA have confirmed an 11-strong squad for next month's World Men's and Women's Youth Championships in Budapest. European Youth champion Daina Moorehouse is included on the team along with four other European medallists.

Head coach Billy McClean and coaches Michael Carruth, the 1992 Olympic champion, Mike Mongan and Anita Just will be working Ireland's corner.

Elsewhere, Anthony Joshua will defend his WBA, WBO and IBF heavyweight titles against Alexander Povetkin at Wembley on September 22. Russia's Povetkin is the mandatory challenger to his WBA title, and by fighting him Joshua should secure greater freedom in selecting his next opponent.

The 28-year-old Briton has been in training while negotiations with WBC champion Deontay Wilder stalled, but could face the American next April.

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