Gary “Spike” O’Sullivan has been the underdog before, and the 35-year-old fighter from Cork, Ireland, will be so again on Saturday night, when he takes the ring in San Antonio to face unbeaten former 154-pound titleholder Jaime Munguia in a middleweight main event on DAZN.
O’Sullivan (30-3, 21 KO) has had setbacks against the likes of Billy Joe Saunders, Chris Eubank Jr, and David Lemieux over the years, but he remains confident in his abilities, while also expressing a healthy respect for his next opponent.
“I’m ready for war,” the veteran said at a Wednesday media workout. “Jaime Munguia is an undefeated champion and he’s also young. He has become a great Mexican warrior and I expect nothing less from him.
“I truly respect him, and I know he respects me as well. Hopefully we’re going to be able to put on a great fight for the audience on Saturday. I believe I have the ability to beat anybody and always come up with a win. It’s all about your mindset.”
As to that mindset, “Spike” says preparation is key, and that he’s always ready for a fight.
”I come prepared. I’m a hard worker and I’m going to show it off on Saturday night,” he said. “Whenever I’m fighting, I try to put my heart on it. This is no different for me. I’ve received great support from my team, and I respect their time and their sacrifices.”
He’ll be the road fighter on Saturday, too, but fighting away from home is nothing new to O’Sullivan. Dating back to 2015, 11 of his last 14 fights have been in the United States. The other three were one each in Ireland, England, and Canada. He doesn’t let location bother him, and says the trip to San Antonio has been enjoyable.
“I’m excited to be in San Antonio once again,” he said. “I didn’t have the opportunity to get around the city the last time I came. So far, I think it is a beautiful place. I had the chance to visit the Alamodome stadium last night and I’m expecting to see much more this time.”
O’Sullivan faces Munguia in the main event Saturday on DAZN, with full card coverage starting at 7:00 pm ET.