Gary ‘Spike’ O’Sullivan’s coach explains why he called a halt to his fight last weekend

Boxing glove. Image credit: M&R Glasgow (flickr)

PASCHAL COLLINS says he knew there was something wrong with Gary O’Sullivan at the end of the fourth round of his bout against Chris Eubank Jr.

‘Spike’ O’Sullivan’s corner threw in the towel and stopped the fight in the seventh round.

And his trainer Collins said he had to call a halt to it.

Speaking to Newstalk’s Off the Ball the ex-boxer and trainer said: “When he came back into the corner at the end of the fourth round, I asked him: ‘Spike, there’s something wrong. I can see it’. And he said, ‘I think my eardrum is gone’.

“Then the fifth round, I told him I would do one round at a time, ‘go out, see how you get on’. But I said, ‘you have to jump at this guy and try stop him because it’s not going to go in your favour if you’re eardrum’s gone, your balance is off.’

“For the fifth and sixth round, Spike did try to go out and increase the pressure.

“But by the seventh round, it got to the stage where Chris’ corner, who are very experienced, straight away discovered there was something wrong so sent Chris out for the kill and I saw at that point to call it off and [that] there was no point in continuing.”

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