24th September 2011
Prizefighter winner Gary Buckland will be looking for more of the same against Gary Sykes tonight (Sept 24th) when he will challenge for the Dewsbury mans British super-featherweight title, at the Ponds Forge Arena in Sheffield.
Mandatory challenger Buckland stopped Sykes in just 45 seconds, when the pair clashed in the semi final of Prizefighter tournament last November, handing Sykes his first professional loss in devastating fashion.
Buckland 25, then went on to beat Derry Mathews in the final to claim the trophy and a £32,000 winners cheque.
Going into the fight Sykes was the unbeaten British title holder, but his treasured Lonsdale belt wasn’t on the line and the domestic champion was odds on favorite to get to the final and win it.
Despite the loss to Buckland, Sykes still remained British champion, as the belt wasn’t on the line that night.
Therefore tonight’s meeting was always a foregone conclusion, with Sykes seeking revenge and Buckland feeling he should be British champion, all but in name.
|Gary Sykes vs Gary Buckland II|
Since the Prizefighter victory Buckland, has fought twice, with points wins over journeymen Oscar Chacin and José Robert Gonzales and the unassuming Welshman is confident though he can repeat the win, but is willing to go the championship distance if necessary.
“People are saying I will knock him out again, but I am just looking to win on points,I have had a great nine week training camp and I am so fit I would be able to do 15-rounds. I am looking forward to getting in the ring and enjoying the fight.” said Buckland this week.
Sykes 27, though is adamant that lightning wont strike twice and looks back on the loss to Buckland as a blip that will not happen again. The British title stayed with Sykes, as it was not on the line during Prizefighter, but Sykes will not feel justified until he has banished the ghost that is Buckland.
Fight weigh in Video
The Yorkshire man says that a 12-round championship fight is miles away from a 3-round Prizefighter blow-out and he will be throwing an incredible 120 punches a round to make sure that nothing is left to chance this time.
Sykes’ pride was wounded after the knockout loss to Buckland and feels that he needs redemption here to cement his championship status. He has lived and breathed boxing during a nine week camp and his manager and co-trainer Chris Aston even paid for a warm-up fight.
BritishBoxers video: Interview with Gary Sykes including sparring with Scott Quigg and training footage in preparation for this fight.
“Buckland is a bit of a workhorse and I don’t know how he will cope when Gary is throwing 120 punches a round with speed.” said Aston.
“Even late in fights against Andy Morris and Anthony Crolla, Gary was still throwing 100 punches every three minutes.
“Obviously after what happened at Prizefighter there is always a chance that Gary could clock him, but he is bang on after the camp.”
Sykes captured the British crown in March 2010 when he defeated Andy Morris and will win a Lonsdale belt outright if he beats Hatton Promotions 130lb star on their talent stacked bill.
“We’re not making excuse for Prizefighter, but in a competition like that you are less cautious.
“This is over 12 rounds and in the early stages Gary will have his chin tucked down, using footwork, speed and ability to stay out of trouble.” added Aston..
In the chief support:
Jenkins fellow Sheffield prospects Adam Etches, Scott Jenkins, Richard Towers and Jezz Wilson are also on the big bill.
Etches and Towers face Belarussian opposition. Heavyweight Towers meeting Yuri Bihoutseu over eight rounds, while Etches boxes Yauheni Abdurazakau over four rounds.
Jenkins has his second paid fight when he faces vastly experienced Steve Gethin.
Manchester’s former amateur star Tommy Stubbs makes his pro debut when he faces, tricky Kuwaiti Anwar Alfadi, who boxes out of Ingle’s stable.
Other fights: Justyn Hugh v Carl Wild and Wilson v Jay Morris.
There are a few tickets left priced £35, £55 and £75 VIP from 01925 755222. and the Show can be seen Live on SkySports 3 from 8pm
By Chris Maylett