Gary "Spike" O'Sullivan has his fight with middleweight contender Chris Eubank Jr set for December 12, when the pair meet on the Anthony Joshua-Dillian Whyte undercard, and the Irishman is doing his best to sell the fight, telling Sky Sports that he is great, while Eubank is not.
"He's over-hyped. He's a good fighter. I'd be stupid to think he wasn't but he's not a great fighter," O'Sullivan said. "I'm a great fighter and I will knock him out. I'm over the moon, enjoying every minute of the build-up and I can't wait to get in there on December 12."
O'Sullivan, 31, has a career record of 22-1 (15 KO), and has won six straight, with the last five by stoppage. But in his only serious test as a pro, he was routed and virtually shut out over 12 rounds by Billy Joe Saunders in 2013 -- the same Billy Joe Saunders that had to survive the final rounds to pull off a narrow split decision win over Eubank a year ago.
Since that fight, Eubank has fought just two times, stopping Dmitry Chudinov in February and making his Matchroom debut on October 24 in a farcical tune-up bout with American club fighter Tony Jeter, resulting in a predictable TKO-2 win for the second-generation fighter.
This fight is being hyped as a step up for Eubank (20-1, 15 KO), and maybe it will be, but on paper, that doesn't really seem to be the case. O'Sullivan's record is empty outside of his overwhelming loss to Saunders, and while Eubank's, too, is filled mostly with chum apart from his closer loss to Billy Joe, going then to the eye test tells us that Eubank should win handily. He's younger, faster, and more naturally gifted.
But that's all on paper. Do you expect O'Sullivan to give Eubank any real trouble on December 12, or even pull the upset? Is it possible that Eubank will overlook him and give him an extra edge?