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http://www.irish-boxing.com/2013/05/spike-lines-up-june-super-middleweight-world-title-eliminator/By Jonny Stapleton
GARY 'Spike' O'Sullivan's big summer world title eliminator just got bigger in every sense of the word.
Before he took to the ring against journey man Tadas Jonkus in Dublin on Friday night all the pre fight talk was about a possible WBO world middleweight world title eliminator with Billy Joe Saunders.
Post bout, however, it was revealed the Irish and WBO International champion will fight a bigger name and a bigger man in a super middleweight world title eliminator in June.
"We could have a HUGE fight coming up - the fight we were offered has now been upped to another fight," said manager and trainer Pascal Collins.
"It will be at super-middleweight and it would be an American, not an English lad on a Frank Warren show. We had a discussion yesterday (Friday) after getting a call. I sat down with Spike and said 'sometimes fights come and you can't turn them down.'"
"It's a fight we shouldn't win but it's one I think he can win. It's a fight he thinks he can win, but even if he loses, you don't lose. Because you step up in weight and you still hang onto your middleweight belt. The fight is going to happen in June and hopefully it will confirmed when we talk Monday or Tuesday."
After glancing forward and confirming what's next for O'Sullivan, Collins took time to look back and reflect on his charges most recent win.
"We've a real big fight coming up so we didn't want to clash heads or anything. I watched this guy, he has a K1 background and a lot of those guys stick the head in. I didn't want any clash of heads or anything so this was just a warm-up, a keep-busy fight and to get a win under his belt.
"The thing about Spike is, Spike is like a good pupil at school - when you tell him to do something he just does it. The way he was landing shots, I was saying 'take your time because when one of them lands this is over.' And it was. He's a tough guy and he's been in with a few decent fighters."
"Spike's style and pace, he could do it for 20 rounds. But he's always in your face. There's no escaping him. He might not 't be throwing as many shots as Stephen did in his fight but he's in your face and when he hits you, he hurts you.
"This guy Jonkus found it out in the first round. Spike nailed him and he was nervous. Every time he threw a shot Spike would hurt him," he added.
"It was actually a great work-out for him and I think he looked impressive."
There isn't a Yank in the WBO top 15. :huh