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David Lemiuex vs Gary “Spike” O’Sullivan

The battle lines have been drawn. Much has been said on both sides.

By Matthew Brown   - @intuboxing

The battle lines have been drawn. Much has been said on both sides. The middleweight clash with the most bad blood we’ve seen in a long time, finally takes place on Saturday. 

 

No, not Canelo vs GGG. 

 

I’m talking about David Lemiuex vs Gary “Spike” O’Sullivan. 

 

What’s been said: The trash talk between the two combatants has been vicious, which is not all that uncommon in the gladiator sport. David Lemieux was quoted as saying he wanted to “damage him (O’Sullivan) for life.” This was quite similar to the rhetoric spewed at Dominic Breazeale by WBC heavyweight champion, Deontay Wilder. Surprisingly, Lemieux’s vicious words did not garner the same ire that Wilder experienced. Lemieux also made reference to a past domestic violence incident involving O’Sullivan and his then girlfriend. 

 

For his part, Gary O’Sullivan has been more focused on critiquing Lemieux as a fighter. He does not have a healthy respect for Lemieux as a boxer and says that he is going to make Lemieux quit. 

 

What’s at stake: For David Lemiuex, it’s essentially his last chance to fulfill the potential of what was once a promising career.  Coming off a lackluster effort in his win vs Karim Achour and an embarrassing loss vs Billy Joe Saunders, Lemieux is hoping to bounce back in a big way against O’Sullivan. 

 

For Gary O’Sullivan, it’s relevance. An unknown commodity in the USA, O’Sullivan was last seen by the American public on the undercard of Lemieux vs Saunders. In that fight, he defeated once highly touted American prospect, Antoine Douglas. It was a star making performance for O’Sullivan. However, what followed for O’Sullivan has done much to damage his reputation in the eyes of the American boxing public. When Canelo Alvarez cancelled his rematch with Gennady Golovkin, O’Sullivan pushed to be his replacement. Unfortunately, when it came time to sign the contract, O’Sullivan decided to not go through with the Golovkin clash. The reaction from American fight fans and media was not kind. O’Sullivan has been pegged as a loudmouth with nothing to back it up. He’s going to look to change that narrative Saturday night. 

 

For both guys, a shot at the winner of Canelo-Golovkin is on the line. WBA president, Gilberto Mendoza has sanctioned the bout as a final eliminator for its title. The extra incentive adds a little bit more sizzle to an already flaming hot beef between the two.