25th September 2011
|Buckland new Champion pic, Hatton Promotions/Mark Robinson|
set his sights on a European title fight after becoming Hatton Promotions latest champion, winning the British
super-featherweight title by out-pointing Gary Sykes in an epic battle at Ponds Forge Arena, Sheffield on Saturday night.
treated to a thriller, with both boxers fighting out of their skin. But it was the challenger Buckland who just worked that little bit more winning a close decision.
had knocked-out the Sykes in 45 seconds in the Prizefighter tournament
last year, but knew he would need something special this time to beat the
defending champion, who is seasoned over the 12 round championship distance.
his 24th win in 26 professional bouts Buckland said: “I’m happy. I’ve
got this Lonsdale belt and it’s just like winning a world title.
was a totally different fight to Prizefighter. I had some good success
early on, but Gary Sykes, fair play to him, he’s as fit as a fiddle. But
I just think I had his number.” added Buckland.
the chief support:
title challenger Rendall Munroe outpointed Japan’s Rhuta Miyagi 98-92
in a non-title ten rounder.
is mandatory contender for the European crown held by Kiko Martinez but
promoter Ricky Hatton is eyeing a world title eliminator fight before the end of the year.