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Gary Sykes claims British super-featherweight title

Andy Morris
Morris was defeated after he stepped in at short notice

Dewsbury's Gary Sykes claimed the vacant British super-featherweight title with a unanimous points win over Andy Morris, 26, in Huddersfield.

Former Commonwealth bronze medallist Morris stepped in after the withdrawal of Sykes's original opponent, Ricky Burns, to produce a thrilling contest.

But Sykes, also 26, took his record to 15-0 after a 115-114, 115-114, 116-113 verdict in his favour.

"It was a real close decision and a tough night for me," Sykes admitted.

On the undercard, giant heavyweight Tyson Fury, 21, quickly despatched German Hans-Joerg Blasko after two minutes and 14 seconds in round one.

Fury, took his record to 10-0 and is now set for a rematch with John McDermott, the fighter he beat over 10 rounds in an English title clash in Brentwood last September.

see also
Fury stuns McDermott in title win
12 Sep 09 |  Boxing

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