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Cork's Spike O'Sullivan grabs TKO win at New York's iconic Madison Square Garden

With Micky Ward in his corner, the 30 year-old dominated Colombian Milton Nunez from the start.

Image: Gary Spike O'Sullivan via Facebook

GARY ‘SPIKE’ O’SULLIVAN didn’t falter as he racked up an impressive TKO victory over Colombian Milton Nunez at Madison Square Garden last night – a win that only ramps up the middleweight’s rapidly growing appreciation in US boxing circles.

The Corkman, who had described the bout as ‘the most important fight of my life’, could rely on the expertise of the legendary Micky ‘Irish’ Ward in his corner and he began brightly with some solid body shots before claiming the first round.

In the second, O’Sullivan’s dominance was evident when he dropped Nunez for an eight count and the South American never recovered with a halt called in the third after more heavy blows from the Mahon native.

CorkFlag Source: Gary Spike O'Sullivan via Facebook

The result follows up O’Sullivan’s excellent win over Texan Larry Smith in Boston late last month and keeps the momentum going. His link-up with Ken Casey – promoter and singer/songwriter with Boston Celtic punk band Dropkick Murphys – has provided him with some eye-catching opportunities in America and that looks set to continue. Speaking to The Guardian ahead of Saturday’s fight, he said:

I just can’t get the fights in Europe. Matthew Macklin and Chris Eubank Junior, none of them want to fight me so my immediate future is in the States. They have a different attitude out here where they’re willing to fight anybody.”

This latest success should secure a number of more high-profile fights for O’Sullivan and should more wins follow,  a world title shot could be on the cards.

There was more good news at MSG last night as Tallaght super featherweight Patrick Hyland recorded a fourth round KO win against another Colombian – southpaw Manuel De Los Reyes Herrera.

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Eoin O'Callaghan

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