'Spike' O'Sullivan Running Scared

With the Dolphil Promotions’ Aug 7th Citywest show drawing near, chat rooms and blogs have been rife with speculation regarding the possible clash between Irish Middleweight Champion Gary 'Spike' O' Sullivan and Anthony Fitzgerald. We reported last week of the drama that unfolded in the Neptune Sports arena when Anthony 'The Pride' Fitzgerald sensationally called out Sullivan in front of the cameras and journalists. It was reported how Spike had accepted the challenge but in a dramatic u-turn O'Sullivan has now retracted and will not fight Fitzgerald..

A Dolphil spokesman said, 'Spike is running scared, it is as simple as that. Gary O' Sullivan is afraid of Fitzy, this is another perfect example of a fighter who is not prepared to take a tough fight'.

'Boxers have a duty to give fans the fights they want, fans who read about a Champion shunning challenges or a manager applying cotton wool to his fighters are only going to lose respect for the sport. If Spike thinks he is the rightful owner of that belt he'll come out and fight Fitzy end of story'.

Meanwhile Michael 'The Storm' Sweeney has been added to the Dolphil card for the Citywest show; this now means that fight fans will be treated to an amazing 10 fights in one action packed night, tickets from only €40 are on-sale now from or

'The show we are putting together is a must see for fight fans, ten fights in one fight with tickets starting from only €40 that’s just €4 per fight!!. Prizefighter Champion Willie Casey makes his eagerly awaited return to Dublin, along with current Champions John Waldron and Anthony Fitzgerald. Michael Sweeney, JJ McDonagh, Darren Cruise, Gavin Prunty, Alan Donnelan, Finbarr Eade and Christina McMahon are all set to battle it out on the Dolphil Promotions show.

Anthony Fitzgerald calls out Gary ‘Spike’ O’Sullivan

Current Irish Super Middleweight Champ Anthony ‘The Pride’ Fitzgerald has sensationally called out current Irish Middleweight Champion Gary ‘Spike’ O’Sullivan. In front of the cameras and reporters in Cork, Sat 26th Fitzy confronted Spike and asked simply ‘why won’t you fight me?’ ‘Without hesitation O’Sullivan said he would but many present in Cork still think Spike is running scared.

O’Sullivan who claimed the title in April against Ciaran Healy has said if he will accept the challenge and hopes are high amongst boxing fans that O’Sullivan will not shy from the challenge.

‘This is exactly what the middleweight division needs in this country, here you have two top middleweights who are not afraid of each other- the fight makes sense so we’ll make it happen’ claimed a Dolphil spokesman last night…Dolphil’s philosophy is simple - bring the best boxers in Ireland to fight fans, and that is what we will continue to do’.

Some fighters in this country have been blamed for the stale period boxing has gone through in the past, over cautiousness and not taking big fights has led to dull fights time and time again. Dolphil’s three champions have proved to fight fans around Ireland exactly what Dolphil epitomize. Time and time again they have put their records on the line to give fans what they want and Anthony Fitzgerald is no exception. ‘Anto’ was in attendance on Saturday night in the Neptune Sports Arena has been longing for the Middleweight crown for some time and now thinks the time is right for the fight to happen. ‘If Gary thinks he can hold onto that belt without defending it he has another thing coming, I’ll fight him in Cork, Belfast or Dublin, name the place… I know I am the best middleweight in the country’.

Another boxer who is not shying away from challenges is Dolphil’s John Waldron. Just two weeks ago writer Leonard Gunning reported how Michael Sweeney felt ‘frozen out’. ‘The Warrior’, when asked what he thought about Sweeney’s comments last week stated: ‘I am the light heavyweight champion; I have never avoided anyone in a fight amateur or professional… and I am definitely not avoiding Michael Sweeney. I am the number one rated light heavyweight in Ireland and when this fight comes off I will still be the number one. Ill do my talking in the ring where it counts.

Dolphil have stated that this fight will happen; it’s only a matter of when. ‘Waldron v Sweeney is a fight the fans want to see, and it’s another test for John on his road to European glory, he’ll beat Sweeney but what a cracking fight it’ll be.

Meanwhile If Gary ‘Spike’ O’Sullivan accepts the challenge, the fight will go ahead Sat Aug 7th Citywest Hotel, Dublin. Tickets online at

Article posted on 07.07.2010

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