Saunders Welcomes O’Sullivan Rematch
WBO middleweight world champion Billy Joe Saunders has no problem in having a rematch with Gary O’Sullivan.
Their first battle came five years ago, when Saunders controlled the 12 round title fight inside Wembley Arena, on way to a decision victory. O’Sullivan claimed that the 2013 loss was due to a burst ear drum early in the fight, and personal problems during training camp, which affected him greatly.
Saunders and O’Sullivan were both in action on the same card last month in Canada – and both fights were televised by HBO.
Saunders appeared in the main event, and he dominated former IBF champion David Lemieux over twelve rounds.
In what consider a minor upset on the undercard, O’Sullivan knocked out Antoine Douglas in the seventh round.
“Spike is a very good friend of mine. We had a little fall-out on Twitter but we have made up now. He is a really good fighter, a lot of people don’t give him credit but he’s tough for anybody — he can punch. I would love to fight him again, I really mean that,” Saunders told pundit Declan Taylor.
“For one he’s my mate so I’d like to give him a payday, get him in the ring and get him some money. He is also deserving of a world-title shot and guess what? I’ve got the belt.”
Saunders admits that O’Sullivan is a very dangerous puncher at 168, but loses a lot of that pop when he drops down to 160.
“He won’t beat me, I think he knows deep down he cannot beat me,” Saunders said.
“Maybe in his own head he thinks he has got better since last time so he has a chance of beating me. But he won’t. I battered him last time, I’m surprised he wants it again. He has come over for sparring since then and we were sparring at 168. Wow, he can really punch at that weight.”
“He can punch like a heavyweight at 168, super-middle, but doing the middleweight limit of 160 just saps a little bit out of him. I’m not saying he’s better off going up in weight but at 168 his power increases rapidly from what it is at 160. Making weight saps us all a bit but his power at 168 is frightening. At 160 he hasn’t got enough to stop me and it would be another hard night for him, mark my words.”