Gary Sykes is once again the British super-featherweight champion after picking himself up off the canvas to score what was deemed to be a debated stoppage over Jon Kays in the tenth round.
A head-clash in the first had Sykes cut and Kays put him down in the second, but the Dewsbury man rallied in front of his home fans to force referee Michael Alexander to step in, albeit somewhat prematurely.
It was the second time Sykes had overcome Kays, having recorded a ten round decision win just over a year ago, although the Lancashire fighter has cause to call for a third encounter following his latest loss.
With the win, Sykes improves to 27-3 with what was only his sixth KO, whilst Kays drops to 18-4-1 and will hope that he is given another chance on the back of the controversial ending.
Earlier, light-middleweight prospect Tony Aitcheson made is four wins from four professional starts by inflicting a 60th defeat on Birmingham’s Dee Mitchell.
Over in Deeside Leisure Centre, Liverpool’s Ryan Farrag pushed his record to 12-1 with a routine eight-round victory over Ukrainian journeyman Gennadiy Delisandru, whilst fellow-Scouser Robbie Davies Jnr took less than two minutes to halt George Watson and move to 6-0.
There were also victories for Courtney Fry, Tom Doran and Steve Williams on his debut under David Coldwell’s guidance – in what was the Yorkshire promoter’s maiden show on Welsh soil.
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