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Spike O'Sullivan has career-biggest fight confirmed for Golovkin-Canelo II undercard in Vegas

The Mahon middleweight contender will face former titlist David Lemieux on 15 September.

Image: Tom Hogan/INPHO

CORK MIDDLEWEIGHT SPIKE O’Sullivan will square off with heavy-handed former IBF World middleweight champion David Lemieux on the undercard of Gennady Golovkin’s rematch with Saul ‘Canelo’ Alvarez at Las Vegas’ T-Mobile Arena on 15 September.

O’Sullivan was more than happy to answer the call when Canadian Lemieux called him out on Twitter for what promises to be a war, and the contenders’ bout was confirmed on Monday night as one of the chief supports to the long-awaited World middleweight title main event.

“This fight is just another step towards fulfilling my ambition of becoming a world champion and providing a good life for my family,” said the Mahon man, whose record reads 28-2, 20 KOs.

David Lemieux is just an object in my way that I fully intend smashing through. Then, I want Canelo or GGG — either one, it doesn’t matter! I’m going to war.

Said former titlist Lemieux [39-4, 33KOs]: “I’m looking forward to fighting Spike O’Sullivan next. I have some unfinished business at 160. We’re going to take one fight at a time.

Spike is an action fighter like me. He’s a tough cookie and comes to fight. This is a fight for the fans. Come 15 September, I want to steal the show.

O’Sullivan, in career-best form having dedicated himself to fully to his world title dream, was initially scheduled to face Canelo after his originally-scheduled rematch with Golovkin before their sequel to fall foul of the Mexican’s positive drug tests.

The world-ranked 33-year-old was then in the frame to face ‘Triple G’ as a replacement for his Golden Boy stablemate but his team withdrew from negotiations when they reached an impasse too near the prospective 5 May fight date.

Golovkin instead fought and stopped the undersized Vanes Martirosyan, while O’Sullivan found similar success in a stay-busy fight on the Kazakh’s undercard.

Gary O'Sullivan celebrates with trainer Paschal Collins and Oscar De La Hoya Spike celebrates victory over Berlin Abreu with Paschal Collins and Oscar De La Hoya Source: Tom Hogan/INPHO

‘Spike’ and his team remain optimistic that victory over a legitimate fellow challenger in Lemieux will see the Leesider square off with the winner of the main event.

Also added to the GGG-Canelo II undercard is WBO light-middleweight titleholder Jaime Munguia [30-0, 25 KOs], a prospective foe of top-ranked challenger Denis Hogan from Kildare. The Mexican will be making his second title defence against Brandon Cook [20-1, 13 KOs].

Former pound-for-pound king Roman Gonzalez [46-2, 38 KOs] will also return to action when he trades leather with Moises ‘Moi’ Fuentes [25-5-1, 14 KOs] in a 10-rounder.

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‘Be careful what you f***ing wish for’: Spike O’Sullivan sets up Vegas fight with former world champ

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