Sykes relaxed ahead of Campbell clash

GARY SYKES is aiming to pull off a surprise win against Olympic gold medal-winner Luke Campbell in Sheffield tomorrow (Saturday) where the pair will fight it out for the vacant Commonwealth lightweight title.

Sykes is the underdog for the bout but the 32-year-old has trained well and believes he has peaked at the right time.

“My preparations have been spot on,” said Sykes.

“I’ve felt great in my sparring sessions and I can’t wait to get out there and cause an upset.

“I’m completely relaxed, I’m the underdog and that’s fine by me. Luke (Campbell) will have all the pressure on him and it’s up to him to make sure he doesn’t buckle.

“He didn’t do well in his last fight as favourite so the omens are looking good for me.”

The experienced Sykes, now at lightweight having previously fought at super featherweight, has a game plan and he insists that sticking to it will see him go all the way against Hull’s Campbell, who suffered a shock defeat to Yvan Mendy last December.

Sykes, who trains at Dickie’s Gym in Batley, is in the twilight years of his career but the Dewsbury-born boxer doesn’t have retirement on his mind just yet, whatever the outcome of this fight.

“My ambition is to continue winning belts,” said Sykes.

“I’ve already claimed the English and British belts and I’d love to add the Commonwealth to that.

“But I’ve no intention on stopping there, this fight could be a gateway to even bigger things for me.”

Sykes, who is entering his eighth championship fight, still attracts a substantial following and will be backed by 200 loyal supports at the Sheffield Arena tomorrow in front of the Sky Sports cameras.

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