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Visa Issue Spikes O’Sullivan Fight Friday in Boston



Boston-area boxing fans were pumped to be seeing fan fave (junior) middleweight Spike O’Sullivan‘s return to the region.

The Irishman, who sports the best mustache in the sport, was to glove up on the Murphys Boxing card at Encore Boston Harbor, in Everett, Ma.

But fate interceded; a visa issue prevents the 35 year old pugilist from making the trek to Massachusetts. He was going to fight 18-4-1 Argentine Diego Marrochi in a bout to unfurl on UFC Fight Pass.

I messaged O’Sullivan, to get the lowdown on what went down.

“I took the fight on short notice and it was getting too close to the fight to travel without the visa in place… it might possibly have come through today (Wednesday) but it was too late to travel,” O’Sullivan said.  “With the fight being on Friday I was advised by my manager and promoters that it would be best to wait until October to fight. And while I’m disappointed naturally enough that the visa didn’t come in time to fight this Friday I’m delighted with with my manager and promoters as always they have my best interests at heart and have agreed a great deal for me going forward. I look forward to them announcing a big fight for me soon!”

Packie Collins manages Spike, and he’s referring to a deal hashed out with Murphys, and co-promoter Golden Boy Promotions. Spike hopes to fight in an eliminator later this year and then for the light middleweight world title. “Onwards and upwards,” he said, in closing.

(Check out Spike in his last outing; skip to 1:30:00 mark, and see O’Sullivan scrap in March, at House of Blues in Boston, near Fenway Park.)

15-0 Abraham Nova, the WBA-NABA defending champ at super feather, will fight in the spotlit scrap, meeting 20-3 Mexican Luis Ronaldo Castillo. Facebook Fightnight Live will kick things off with four fights, and then the rest of the card will stream on UFC Fight Pass.

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