Sykes keen on Walsh Commonwealth shot

BOXER Gary Sykes will finally take on Liam Walsh in a long-awaited British and Commonwealth super-featherweight title clash on July 26 at Manchester’s Phones 4U Arena.

The Dewsbury fighter, who recently claimed the Lonsdale belt outright, was due to fight Walsh for the then-vacant British title in February before the Norfolk man pulled out injured.

Current Commonwealth champion Walsh will put his title on the line against Sykes – with the bout also ‘Five Star’s’ first title defence after his 10th-round stoppage of Jon Kays in front of a passionate Dewsbury crowd.

Walsh’s last victory came against Joe Murray last September, when he clinched the WBO International super-featherweight title.

But the Cromer fighter has been out of action since then, with a hand injury and a cut to his eye ruling him out of his last two bouts – both against Sykes.

Walsh has amassed an impressive 15-0 record since turning professional and has stopped 10 of his 15 opponents on the way to his trio of titles.

The two fighters will fight on a big-name British bill forming the undercard for Dereck Chisora and Tyson Fury’s WBO World Heavyweight title fighter eliminator.

Sykes, speaking at the undercard press conference, said: “I’m really excited, to have won one belt last week and now have the chance to win another one is just amazing.

“I am not getting any younger so for me it is best to get my fights very quickly.

“I made hard work of it for myself but I’ve never boxed for a Commonwealth title so I am sure I will fight out of my skin.

“We were supposed to fight in Feburary but he got cut so I am glad it’s finally happening.

“We have both boxed Jon Kays and we both got him out of there in the same round so it is going to be good.”

Tickets are now on sale and can be bought on the Phones 4 U Arena website.

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