Big-punching Cork Native Gary ‘Spike’ O’Sullivan (27-2, 19 KOs) claimed a career-best win on Saturday and lined up potential world title fights in 2018 following his thrilling 7th round stoppage win over highly touted American Antoine Douglas.
Spike landed right hands at will on the sluggish Douglas, and eventually knocked him out in the seventh round of their scheduled 10-round middleweight bout at Place Bell in Laval, Quebec, Canada on the Saunders-Lemieux undercard
A bullish Spike took the fight to Douglas from the start and stayed true to his word to try to break the will and heart of the American. O’Sullivan consistently pressed the action and pace and seemed to exploit Douglas’ defensive flaws as they traded blows. Spike started landing the harder, more eye-catching shots until he finally floored Douglas in the seventh round.
The end came when Spike hurt Douglas with a right hand early in the seventh, sensing he had Douglas in trouble he went to work and landed several more hurtful hooks to send Douglas to the canvas. Douglas shakily got up, but referee Steve St. Germain took one look at the dazed fighter and correctly stopped the fight at 1:03 of the seventh round.
With the career-best win, Spike puts himself in position to challenge for world honours in 2018. With a GGG-CANELO rematch looking likely in May, a rematch with Billy Joe Saunders could be on the cards with the winner facing the winner of GGG-CANELO.