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Gary Sykes wins thriller and vacant British belt

By James Slater

Last night in his hometown of Dewsbury, Gary Sykes won the vacant British super-featherweight title with an up from the floor 10th-round TKO over Jon Kays. Sykes, who had out-pointed Kays in an earlier meeting last year, is now the outright owner of the coveted Lonsdale belt. 30-year-old Sykes suffered a cut above his right eye in the opening round, the result of a head clash, and he was put down in the 2nd. Undeterred, the local hero fought back hard and managed to pull the fight out in the 10th. At the time of the stoppage, Sykes was behind on two official score-cards, while the third judge had the fight all level after nine-rounds.

Sykes, though, not a noted banger, made the score-cards null and void in the 10th, when he wobbled Kays with a big right hand to the head, his follow-up blows forcing referee Michael Alexander to dive in and call a halt to the action. The time was 58-seconds into the 10th. Sykes is now 27-3(6). Kays, one year the older man, is now 18-4-1(4).




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