Gary “Spike” O’Sullivan joins the Gennady Golovkin sweepstakes

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With the much anticipated May 5 rematch between Gennady Golovkin 37-0-1 (33) and Saul “Canelo” Alvarez 49-1-2 (34) on the rocks after the Mexican superstar’s positive drug test, boxers the world over are queuing up for the opportunity to challenge the undisputed middleweight wrecking machine.

One of the recent additions to the list of potential challengers is York, Ireland’s Garry “Spike” O’Sullivan 27-2 (19).

“I’ve spent the last three years staying ready so that I don’t have to get ready,” the 33-year-old posted on Twitter yesterday.

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“Make this fight happen.”

Last week the Nevada State Athletic Commission (NSAC) provisional suspended Alvarez until their investigation is completed in full. The 27-year-old, who failed two tests for clenbuterol in February, will find out his fate at an NSAC meeting on April 10.

The WBO #5, WBA #10 and WBC #12 has won five bouts on the go since getting stopped in seven by Chris Eubank Jr in December 2015. In his last bout O’Sullivan claimed the NABA and WBO Intercontinental middleweight title with a seventh round knockout of once-beaten Antoine Douglas in Quebec, Canada on the undercard of Billy Joe Saunders’ WBO title defence against David Lemieux last December. Saunders is the only other boxer to hold a win over O’Sullivan.

O’Sullivan has long sought a fight with the undefeated 35-year-old Kazakh. Almost three years ago he discussed the match-up with

“I’d like to get in with Gennady Golovkin, that’s who I’d like to fight,” he said.

“He’d be the one I want next. He’s the WBA champion and I’m in this game to prove I’m the best and he’s the guy who’s currently the best and the guy I’d like to fight next.”

In September last year Golovkin and Alvarez battled it out to a 12-round draw in a fight that many punters felt deserved to go the way of the long-reigning middleweight champion who claimed his first world title in 2010.


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