Five Star Sykes faces Bulgarian

GARY SYKES will face Bulgarian opposition ahead of next season’s showdown with Gary Buckland, writes Ashley Ball.
‘Five Star’ was determined to get a warmup fight in before facing the Welshman later this year, and he will face a six rounder against Valentin Stoychev at Huddersfield Sports Centre tomorrow night (Sat) as the boxing season comes to a close.
The 27yearold from Sofia has won two of 10 fights but is a regular traveller to these shores. He almost caused an upset earlier this year when he floored unbeaten Doncaster prospect Steven Hale, before losing a points decision.
Sykes will be looking to get six rounds under his belt, although highlyrated Irishman Stephen Ormond stopped Stoychev last month and Sykes would send out a message of intent to Buckland by doing the same.
Dewsbury’s Zahid Kahut will also be on the bill. The giant cruiser will face former policeman Howard Daley over four rounds.

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