Does Spike O’Sullivan Think Lemieux Is His Toughest Test To Date?



Does Spike O’Sullivan Think Lemieux Is His Toughest Test To Date?

The Canelo Alvarez-Gennady Golovkin 2 sequel is nearing us, and the undercard has been firmed up.

But of course, a middleweight fight, which could well play out as a launching pad for what comes after the Mexican and the Kazahk face off, has been placed onto the slate at the T-Mobile.

A David Lemieux versus Spike O’Sullivan tango, featuring two straight forward types, who unapologitcally like to bang, will rumble. Yes, rumble; stylistically, this one looks sort of can’t miss…

“We are very happy it is FINALLY done,” said Lemieux promoter, along with Golden Boy, Camille Estephan. “Great fight for the fans. David wants to make a statement! Not taking O’Sullivan lightly, he wants to take care of the O’Sullivan business then go after Canelo! As well he wants to rematch with GGG. He is healthy now, feeling very confident!”

Golden Boy executive Eric Gomez is for real very much looking forward to this mashup, between the Candian whose bum shoulder had him looking subpar in his last outing, against the Irishman who has been a patient plugger as he fought on and up the ladder. “Collision course! Do or die! No reverse gear,” Gomez told me.

And, winner gets Canelo?

“Good chance,” the GBP deal-maker said.

Lemieux scrapped off some rust after rehabbing the bum left shoulder which betrayed him during a December 2017 loss to BJ Saunders; he holds a 29-4 mark, and is 29. Spike is older, 34, and hasn’t met the caliber of foe Lemieux has. He is boasting a 28-2 record, after turning pro in 2008.

I heard from Spike, too.

Does he think that Lemieux is the best he’s faced, on paper, to this point?

“I don't believe so, to be honest, Michael,” O'Sullivan replied. “I went to Billy Joe Saunders’ back yard (July 2013) and gave him a harder nights work than Lemieux (Dec. 2017) done in his own back yard!”

Founder/editor Michael Woods got addicted to boxing in 1990, when Buster Douglas shocked the world with his demolition of the then-impregnable Mike Tyson. The Brooklyn-based journalist has covered the sport since for ESPN The Magazine,, Bad Left Hook and RING. His journalism career started with NY Newsday in 1999. Michael Woods is also an accomplished blow by blow and color man, having done work for Top Rank, DiBella Entertainment, EPIX, and for Facebook Fightnight Live, since 2017.