25th September 2011
|Buckland new Champion pic, Hatton Promotions/Mark Robinson|
Gary Buckland has 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.
The Sheffield audience in attendance were 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.
Buckland from Cardiff had to dig deep in the final few rounds of the fight and was wobbled to his boots on a couple of occasions, but kept his composure to ride the storm and continue to live up to his nickname ‘Dynamo’ starting and ending every exchange, always keeping the advantage.
Buckland went on to take a unanimous verdict on the judges scorecards taking it -116-113, 115-114 and 115-113 to beat the Yorkshire man for the second time.
Buckland 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.
Buckland, 25, took inspiration from his friend and gym mate Lee Selby won the British featherweight title last week, stopping Liverpool’s Stephen Smith in 8 rounds.
Buckland was feeling on top of the world afterwards, stating he wants to clean up domestically and continue the predominant form he has shown in the super-featherweight division since his move down from lightweight and now has his sights set on a European title shot.
After 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.
“I want to move on and go for the European title then hopefully we can clean things up.
“It 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.
In the chief support:
Former European super-bantamweight champion and world title challenger Rendall Munroe outpointed Japan’s Rhuta Miyagi 98-92 in a non-title ten rounder.
Munroe 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.
The British champion at the weight is Jason Booth, who defends his title against Scott Booth next month and Munroe against the winner of that fight would be one to look forward to.
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