Gary O'Sullivan

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Gary O'Sullivan
Nickname(s) Spike
Weight(s) Middleweight
Height 1.75 m (5 ft 9 in)
Nationality Irish
Born (1984-07-14) 14 July 1984 (age 34)
Mahon, Cork,
Boxing record
Total fights 31
Wins 28
Wins by KO 20
Losses 3

Gary "Spike" O'Sullivan (born 14 July 1984) is an Irish professional boxer who has formerly held the WBO International and Irish middleweight titles.[2] He has also acted and has performed stunts in the 2007 film Strength and Honour. O'Sullivan is a member of Murphy's Boxing, a boxing promotion founded by Ken Casey of the Boston punk band Dropkick Murphys.[3][4]

Boxing career[edit]

O'Sullivan vs. Hall[edit]

O'Sullivan defeated Matthew Hall in a close contest, at Upton Park, London, on 14 July 2012 on the undercard of David Haye vs. Dereck Chisora, to win the WBO intercontinental middleweight title.[5]

O'Sullivan vs. Nunez[edit]

It was announced following this defeat of Larry Smith that O'Sullivan would take on former world contender Milton Nunez.[6] O'Sullivan, before the fight, described the bout as "the most important fight of my life". He started the fight well with some solid body shots easily claiming the first round. He knocked Nunez down in the second round and ultimately scored an impressive victory, by TKO, over Nunez in the third round.[7]

O'Sullivan vs. Douglas[edit]

After a loss to Chris Eubank Jr., O'Sullivan won four straight fights to earn a December 2017 bout against rising prospect Antoine Douglas on HBO. While the fight was meant to be a showcase for Douglas, O'Sullivan won a gritty battle by seventh round knockout.[8]

O'Sullivan vs. Lemieux[edit]

After beating Berlin Abreu on the 4th of May, it was announced that O'Sullivan would be fighting on the undercard of Canelo Álvarez vs. Gennady Golovkin II on the 15th of September. A fight with David Lemieux, a fight that Spike had previously chased in recent years, was mooted but O'Sullivan seemed reluctant to give Lemieux the fight as he had previously turned it down himself. However, after weeks of back and forth verbal jousting online, the fight was officially made with both fighters declaring that they will knock the other out and many tipping it as a potential fight of the night. [9]

Personal life[edit]

In 2010 O'Sullivan was convicted of assaulting his ex-partner and fined €300.[10]This conviction was later overturned after appeal January 2011.

Professional boxing record[edit]

31 fights, 28 wins (20 knockouts), 3 losses[11]
Res. Record Opponent Type Rd., Time Date Location Notes
Loss 28–3 Canada David Lemieux KO 1 (12) 2018-09-15 United States T-Mobile Arena, Paradise, Nevada
Win 28–2 Dominican Republic Berlin Abreu RTD 3 (10) 2018-05-04 United States StubHub Center, Carson, California
Win 27–2 United States Antoine Douglas TKO 7 (10) 2017-12-16 Canada Place Bell, Laval, Quebec, Canada Won vacant WBO Inter-Continental middleweight title
Win 26–2 United Kingdom Nick Quigley TKO 4 (10) 2017-09-30 United States House of Blues, Boston, Massachusetts
Win 25–2 United States Chauncey Fields KO 2 (8) 2017-05-13 United States Plainridge Park Casino, Plainville, Massachusetts
Win 24–2 Colombia Ronald Montes TKO 3 (8) 2017-03-18 United States House of Blues, Boston, Massachusetts
Win 23–2 Costa Rica Jaime Barboza UD 8 2016-09-17 United States Bank of New Hampshire Pavilion, Gilford, New Hampshire
Loss 22–2 United Kingdom Chris Eubank Jr. RTD 7 (12) 2015-12-12 United Kingdom The O2 Arena, Greenwich, London WBA Middleweight title final eliminator.
Win 22–1 Dominican Republic David Toribio KO 2 (10) 2015-10-10 United States Lowell Memorial Auditorium, Lowell, Massachusetts
Win 21–1 Dominican Republic Melvin Betancourt KO 2 (10) 2015-05-23 United States Agganis Arena, Boston, Massachusetts
Win 20–1 Colombia Milton Núñez TKO 3 (8) 2015-03-14 United States Madison Square Garden, New York City, New York
Win 19–1 United States Larry Smith TKO 2 (6) 2015-02-26 United States Memorial Hall, Melrose, Massachusetts
Win 18–1 Republic of Ireland Anthony Fitzgerald TKO 1 (10) 2014-11-15 Republic of Ireland 3Arena, Dublin
Win 17–1 Mexico Jose Medina MD 6 2014-06-05 United States House of Blues, Boston, Massachusetts
Loss 16–1 United Kingdom Billy Joe Saunders UD 12 2013-07-20 United Kingdom Wembley Arena, Wembley, London Lost WBO International Middleweight Title.
Win 16–0 Lithuania Tadas Jonkus TKO 3 (8) 2013-05-03 Republic of Ireland Carlton Hotel Tyrrelstown, Dublin Retained WBO International Middleweight Title.
Win 15–0 United Kingdom Matthew Hall UD 12 2012-07-14 United Kingdom Upton Park, West Ham, London Won vacant WBO International Middleweight Title.
Win 14–0 United Kingdom Paul Morby PTS 6 2012-03-10 United Kingdom Braehead Arena, Glasgow
Win 13–0 Republic of Ireland Robert Long TKO 1 (10) 2011-06-25 Republic of Ireland National Stadium, Dublin Retained Irish Middleweight Title.
Win 12–0 United Kingdom Ryan Clark KO 1 (4) 2011-05-21 United Kingdom O2 Arena, Greenwich, London
Win 11–0 France Sylvain Touzet TKO 3 (6) 2010-06-26 Republic of Ireland Neptune Sports Arena, Cork
Win 10–0 Republic of Ireland Ciaran Healy PTS 10 2009-12-14 Republic of Ireland Neptune Sports Arena, Cork Won vacant Irish Middleweight Title.
Win 9–0 Latvia Arturs Jaskuls PTS 6 2009-07-25 Republic of Ireland National Basketball Arena, Dublin
Win 8–0 Poland Marcin Piatkowski KO 1 (6) 2009-04-25 Republic of Ireland Silver Springs Moran Hotel, Cork
Win 7–0 United States Jimmy LeBlanc DQ 4 (8) 2009-03-14 United States Dorchester Armory, Dorchester, Massachusetts
Win 6–0 Brazil Idiozan Matos TKO 3 (6) 2008-10-26 Republic of Ireland Gleneagle Hotel, Killarney
Win 5–0 Latvia Sergejs Volodins RTD 1 (6) 2008-09-13 Republic of Ireland Neptune Sports Arena, Cork
Win 4–0 Romania Eugen Stan PTS 6 2008-07-05 Republic of Ireland National Basketball Arena, Dublin
Win 3–0 United States Tye Williams TKO 1 (4) 2008-04-15 Republic of Ireland National Stadium, Dublin
Win 2–0 United States Robert Harris TKO 1 (4) 2008-03-15 United States Orpheum Theater, Boston, Massachusetts
Win 1–0 United Kingdom Peter Dunn TKO 6 (6) 2008-01-26 Republic of Ireland Neptune Sports Arena, Cork Professional debut.


  • Strength and Honour (2007, stunts)
  • The Last Round (2012, short film, as Opponent)
  • The Vein Within (2013, as Steven Murphy)


  1. ^ "Irish Examiner Column April 24 2009". Michael Moynihan's Irish Sportsblog. 28 May 2009. Retrieved 5 December 2015.
  2. ^ "Cork Boxer Gary 'Spike' O'Sullivan to fight on Boston Card". IrishCentral. Retrieved 20 May 2015.
  3. ^!roster/c1jo3 Archived 7 January 2016 at the Wayback Machine.
  4. ^
  5. ^ "Gary 'Spike' O'Sullivan beats Matthew Hall at Upton Park".
  6. ^ "Spike O'Sullivan interview: meet the latest Irish boxer in search of a world title". The Guardian. 11 March 2015.
  7. ^ "Cork's Spike O'Sullivan grabs TKO win at New York's iconic Madison Square Garden". 15 March 2015.
  8. ^ "Saunders vs Lemieux results: Spike O'Sullivan stops Antoine Douglas in seven". BadLeftHook. Dec 16, 2017.
  9. ^ "Spike O'Sullivan v David Lemieux finally made OFFICIAL". Aug 21, 2018.
  10. ^ Haylin, Liam (10 July 2010). "Mahon boxer convicted of punching ex-partner". Irish Examiner. Retrieved 11 September 2018.
  11. ^ Gary O'Sullivan's Professional Boxing Record. Retrieved 1 June 2015.

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