BOXER Gary Sykes has aired his frustrations over fight delays, and says if his bout with Liam Walsh doesn’t happen he could be ‘done with boxing’.
The Central Boxing star is set to take on Walsh for the British and Commonwealth titles on April 12 at London’s Copper Box Arena, but admits he is paranoid ahead of the bout.
He said: “If I am honest I am a bit paranoid because the fight has had so many delays and Walsh keeps pulling out.
“I have asked for another opponent to train alongside Walsh, so that come April I will definitely have an opponent.
“If the fight doesn’t happen I will be done with boxing, I am becoming that frustrated.”
Sykes has also dismissed talk of a potential rematch with Jon Kays, but says if it did happen the bout would be an easy defence.
The Dewsbury fighter responded to the comments made by English champion Kays – who will defend his belt against Lee Glover at Oldham Sports Centre on March 8 – after he set his eyes on revenge against the winner of the upcoming Sykes v Liam Walsh fight.
‘Five Star’ Sykes defeated the Ashton-under-Lyne boxer in April last year to claim the English title.
However, despite Kays’ talk of a potential rematch, the Batley-trained fighter insists he only has eyes for the British title in April.
He said: “I’m happy that he wants to fight me again because he knows I am a quality boxer.
“If the fight did happen it would be an easy defence for me because the last time I beat him I wasnít at my best.
“I don’t see it as a challenge and I won’t be chasing the rematch because it doesn’t excite me.”
Dewsbury Moor boxer Tony Aitcheson will make his long awaited return to the ring on March 28, after rejoining Central Boxing with Dewsbury star Gary Sykes.
The bout takes place almost a year after his last professional fight, in which he made a winning return against Nathan Capeness at Leeds Town Hall.
The former unbeaten amateur star will fight a yet-to-be-named opponent on a bumper fight card at Elland Road, Leeds.