25th September 2011

Cardiff’s Gary Buckland won the British Super Featherweight title by beating Gary Sykes in a titantic battle on Saturday night at Sheffield’s Ponds Forge.
British Champ Buckland

Buckland won a unanimous decision on the judges scorecards – 115-114, 115-113, 116-113 after going ahead in the first half of the fight and then having to dig deep to take some big punches from the brave champion.

Sykes battled hard to hang onto his Lonsdale belt and came back well over the last few rounds, but Buckland never stopped punching and matched Sykes tempo all the way.

The fight could have been held in telephone box and referee John Keane was unemployed for most of the fight as the two went toe to toe to produce an exciting edge of the seat battle, that did the famous belt proud.

This is the second time Buckland has defeated Yorkshire man Sykes, he stopped him in one round to win the Prizefighter trophy in November last year, this time going the championship distance to claim a monumental victory with a gutsy performance from the man nicknamed Dynamo – he lived up to it.
This win capped a fantastic week for Welsh boxing and Bucklands camp –  In particular trainer Tony Borg who also helped Lee Selby win the British Featherweight title a week ago.

Rendall Munroe

Rendall Munroe beat Japanese fighter Ryuti Miyagi on points over 10 rounds on the undercard to keep his ambitions for a second world title shot alive.

Munroe is looking to inject some momentum into his career but the
closest he came to wobbling his 36-year-old opponent was with a left in
the first round.

The former undefeated super-bantamweight champion of Europe and the
Commonwealth was always in control of his 36-year old Japanese opponent and got a good ten rounds, if not too exciting rounds under his belt.

Munroe could be on collision course with the winner of Jason Booth and Scott Quigg who meet next month, when Booth defends his British super featherweight title against the unbeaten Manchester man.

Full fight reports and undercard to follow.

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