I WON’T BUCK DOWN

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GARY BUCK­LAND in­sists he’ll prove his first-round KO of Gary Sykes last year was no fluke.

The Ricky Hat­ton-pro­moted su­per-feath­er­weight chal­lenges for the York­shire­man’s Bri­tish crown at Sheffield’s Ponds Forge Arena on Septem­ber 24.

Cardiff’s Buck­land, 25 (left), earned his chance by ham­mer­ing Sykes in 45 sec­onds at a Prize­fighter tour­na­ment last Novem­ber when he landed the £32,000 win­ner’s cheque.

Many fancy Sykes to get re­venge over the 12-round dis­tance, but Buck- land warned: “I’m not go­ing to let it slip. I’m go­ing out there to do a job.

“Peo­ple say I caught him cold, but if I catch Sykes again the same thing will hap­pen and he’ll be knocked out.”

Buck­land has won 23 of his 25 fights. One of his de­feats came when John Mur­ray stopped him in the 11th round of a Bri­tish and Euro­pean light­weight ti­tle thriller in May 2010.

He added: “It was a war against Mur­ray. It was a great op­por­tu­nity and I’ve learned from it.

“If I can go toe-to-toe with Mur­ray, I can do it with any­body.”

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