|Carl Johanneson Challenger|
Carl Johanneson from Leeds will challenge Dewsbury’s current British super – featherweight champion Gary Sykes in an all Yorkshire battle at the Huddersfield Sports Centre on the 5th March.
Sykes had been in the process of arranging a defence of his Lonsdale belt against Middlesbrough’s Paul Truscott, which looked to have put paid to a derby showdown with Johanneson. But with formalities having been ironed out and the fight will take place in one of the biggest all Yorkshire fights in years.
“I’m just happy the fight is finally happening and I can’t wait to get in there now,” said Johanneson, 32.
“We’ve sparred in the past but he’s improved since then so I’ll be looking for the best of Sykes and he’ll be looking for the best of me it’s going to be really good fight.”
|Gary Sykes Champion|
Sykes will be looking to get his career back on track and to winning ways after he was surprisingly knocked out in a round by Gary Buckland in November’s Prizefighter Super featherweights series. Luckily the British title was not on the line and he lives to fight another day as champion.
Johanneson’s last outing was a unanimous decision over a game, but outmatched George Watson last month. He was lined up to fight Anthony Crolla in an eliminator for Sykes’ title, but with Crolla moving up to lightweight to face and beat John Watson for the British belt, Johanneson now gets his chance direct.
This is a fight for the fans to look forward to and should live up to its championship billing and west Yorkshire derby status.