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Saunders vs Lemieux: Antoine Douglas to face Spike O’Sullivan in co-feature

Another middleweight fight has been added to HBO’s December 16 card.

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Scott Christ is the managing editor of Bad Left Hook and has been covering boxing for SB Nation since 2006.

Middleweight prospect Antoine “Action” Douglas will return to the ring and make his HBO debut on December 16 in Quebec, where he’ll face Gary “Spike” O’Sullivan in the night’s co-feature bout, beneath the Billy Joe Saunders-David Lemieux main event.

Douglas (22-1-1, 16 KO) recently signed with Golden Boy, and has won three straight this year, after a 2016 loss to Avtandil Khurtsidze on Showtime.

"Fighting on such a great middleweight card on HBO will be a great opportunity," said the 25-year-old Douglas. "I've seen some fights of Gary's, and I never underestimate my opponent. I know he's got a good record and that he always comes to fight. I've never been to Canada, so I look forward to expanding my fan base there."

O’Sullivan (26-2, 18 KO) is a veteran battler, a 33-year-old from Cork, Ireland, who last fought in September, knocking out Nick Quigley in a Golden Boy Boxing on ESPN main event from Boston.

"I'm coming off a tremendous knockout win, and that high has carried into my training for this huge co-main event opportunity," said Gary O'Sullivan. "I'm excited to be making my HBO debut on such a tremendous card, and will not disappoint in giving everyone a show. Antoine Douglas should be prepared to face the very best version of myself in the ring."

Returning off television will be super featherweight prospect Ryan Garcia (12-0, 11 KO), who will face Noe Martinez (10-9-2, 6 KO) in an eight-round bout.

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