Gary Sykes is a veteran super-featherweight boxer from Dewsbury in Yorkshire. He has been in the ring with some of the best boxers in the country. Most notably he defeated Jon Kays for the vacant British super-featherweight title shortly before loosing his first title defence fight to Liam Walsh.
What made you start boxing?
I started boxing by accident really. I was 15 years old and was hanging around with my next door neighbour who boxed, he was going one night so I decided to join him. He quit soon after, but I caught the boxing bug.
What is your main title aim and how long do you think it will take to achieve it?
My main aim in boxing is to pick up as many belts as possible. I have the won the English and British titles so I just want as many as possible. In the last year I changed gyms and my boxing style has changed so I think it is very possible to get more titles.
What do you feel are your main strengths?
Since changing gyms and my boxing style I would say my boxing ability as come on leaps and bounds. Other people say my work rate and heart are my other strengths.
Who would you like the opportunity to fight?
I have beaten WBA world champion Anthony Crolla twice so I would love another shot at him, plus a return with Liam Walsh because I feel when I boxed him that was my worst performance and would like to see how the new me would fair against him again.
What fight would you like to see happen in your division?
I’d like to see WBA world champ Anthony Crolla v WBO world champion Terry Flannigan. Having boxed both I think Flannigan would come out the winner.
Where do you see yourself and what do you want to achieve a year from now?
As I said earlier title/belts and big fights are my main focus. I can’t say much just yet but there’s talk of a really big fight for me so I hope it comes off and a win will get my career up there with the top dogs in the division.