Both these men are on the outside looking in, tentatively looking at the low hanging fruit of a future match up with the winner of Gennady Golovkin Vs. Saul ‘Canelo’ Alvarez but before any such dreams can materialise a win is a must on Saturday night.
Former IBF champion David Lemieux (39-4, 33 KOs) has already been to the top of the mountain briefly winning the title in 2015 with a win over Hassan N’Dam N’Jikam before coming back down to earth with a thump in his very first title defence, who like a bully in a schoolyard that was made to hand over his dinner money, he was relieved of his most prized possession by Gennady Golovkin in a beatdown.
Solid wins over fringe level opposition commenced with wins over the likes of Glen Tapia and Curtis Stevens put him at the front of the queue for a shot at WBO king Billy Joe Saunders, a shot which he was unable to take, given a boxing lesson on route to a unanimous decision loss.
A win over Karim Achour mixed with the power of social media and his ability to engage verbally got him a fight with another proverbial contender in Ireland’s Gary ‘O Sullivan, a fighter who he promises to shut up once and for all on Saturday night.
“I’m excited for Saturday night. I promise you some fireworks. I hope everyone enjoys the show. He has a big mouth. He likes to talk garbage on social media. He’s not the best kind of guy. I’m going to knock him out and make a lot of people happy. I’m at 100% right now. You’re going to see David Lemieux who is at his best this Saturday.”
Never the shrinking violet, ‘Spike’ O Sullivan (28-2, 20 KOs) has continued to bait Lemieux since the fight was made, using social media as his method of preference in making no secrets of his intentions to do bodily harm to Lemieux.
“I’m excited about the whole event,” said O’Sullivan “My training has gone very good and Billy (Joe Saunders) recommended the sparring partners.
“I think it’s going to be a good night for me. I think he’s a one- trick pony, he does the same thing over and over again.
“I think I’m going to hit him with a lot more frequency than Berlin Abreu (the last opponent O’Sullivan beat) and Abreu is a better boxer.
“I’m looking to steal the show. I’m going to absolutely annihilate Lemieux. It’s nothing personnel. I’m very dedicated to my training now. I think the new Spike against the old Spike, there’s no comparison. David’s (Lemieux) time has come and gone. The ball is definitely in my court.”
Both he and Lemieux share a familiar foe in Billy Joe Saunders who outboxed O’Sullivan in 2013 but since that time both have become friends, You’d have to go back nearly three years since his last loss which was to Chris Eubank Jr in 2015, since then he has turned around his fortunes as he arrives at Saturday’s fight riding a six-fight unbeaten streak with the brilliant stoppage of Antoine Douglas showing a fighter who continues to improve.
The time for talking as nearly run its course, two of the middleweights more interesting personalities prop up a solid undercard on one of boxings biggest of nights, one will move within a shot at a World title whilst the other will fall from contention.
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