I WON’T BUCK DOWN
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.”