Gary Sykes defeats Carl Johanneson in thriller

Gary Sykes in action against Kevin O'Hara in his British title fight.  May 2010 Pictures: Javed Iqbal.
Gary Sykes in action against Kevin O'Hara in his British title fight. May 2010 Pictures: Javed Iqbal.

GARY Sykes retained his British super featherweight title with a stunning victory over Carl Johanneson in Huddersfield on Saturday night.

The Dewsbury Moor star was floored in the ninth round by a fierce right shot but he beat the count and went on to record a thrilling points victory.

Sykes, 27, took the decision 116-112, 115-112, 115-113 on the three judges cards to the delight of his partizan supporters.

Big fight report, pictures, reaction and the latest on a possible European title shot in Friday’s Reporter.