DEWSBURY Moor boxer Gary Sykes is set to face Somerset’s Dean Mills in Nottingham on Friday, February 5, as the build-up to his massive British super featherweight title shot continues.

Mills, 22, should provide Sykes with a good test as he likes to attack and will be looking to claim a notable scalp in a clash set to be televised by Sky TV.

Mills has a seven-fight record of three wins, two draws and two defeats but is said to be a big puncher, so it could be just what Sykes needs in the lead up to his British showdown.

The British Boxing Board of Control (BBBoC) met last week, when purse bids were being sought for Sykes – who turns 26 on February 13 – to meet Scotland’s Ricky Burns for the vacant British super featherweight title.

Promoters have until 5pm on Tuesday, February 9, to submit their bids and the fight must take place before the end of April.

However, Burns has been sanctioned to fight for the WBO super featherweight title against Roman Martinez in Puerto Rico on March 6, so he could well opt out of the British title fight.

If that happens, the BBBoC would put forward the next ranked fighter for Sykes to meet for the British crown.

Whatever happens, it is set to be an exciting few months ahead for the Sykes camp.
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