Sykes back in the ring for one last time?

DEWSBURY boxer Gary Sykes has been handed a showdown fight with Birkenhead boxer Sean Dodd for the WBC International title on October 15. 

The bout will be Sykes’s 34th of his professional career and the 32-year-old admits defeat could signal the end of his career.

Sykes, who trains at Dicky’s Gym in Batley, has won 28 fights in his 33-bout career to date, having lost just five times.

But his most recent defeat came at the hands of Luke Campbell in March this year.

In contrast 32-year-old Dodd has won 11, lost two and drawn one in his four-year professional career.

But despite being less experienced than his challenger the merseysider will go into the bout as favourite at Liverpool’s Echo Arena.

Dodd overcame Italy’s Pasquale Di Silvio at Goodison Park in May and the hugely popular merseysider will have the backing of the crowd against Sykes.

The bout will be on the undercard of Tony Bellew’s WBC World title fight against BJ Flores.

Sykes hopes he can attract a strong following to take with him to Liverpool.

His allocation of tickets will go on sale at Dicky’s gym next week.

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