Boxing - Kays has one eye on revenge over Sykes or Walsh

Ashton under Lyne's Jon ‘2 Smokes’ Kays has got revenge on his mind as he gets ready to defend his English super-featherweight belt against Tipton’s Lee Glover at the Oldham Sports Centre on March 8.


'2 Smokes' was stopped by Walsh in a 2011 Commonwealth title bid, and beaten on points by Sykes for the English strap in April last year. The 30-year-old believes he’s a better fighter for those reverses, and if he gets a return with either, is confident of putting the record straight.

“It would be a dream come true to get revenge on one of those two. They're both good fighters, but I'm just leaning towards Gary Sykes in their fight because his pressure and work rate is phenomenal. I think Walsh loses it a little in the middle rounds. Don't get me wrong, he can punch, but Sykes is a tough kid and I think his work rate will be a bit too much.

First though, Kays must defend his English title against Glover:

“He's a massive challenge, but it's about not being complacent and not tripping up. I need to keep working hard and focus on Lee Glover, make sure there are no hiccups, because there are bigger fights out there for me.

“He's a come-forward fighter and likes to have a scrap. He's got a good amateur background, like me. He's not been very busy as a pro, but I think it's an even match. I'm looking forward to being involved in another good scrap.

“Winning the title was massive for me. To finally achieve it, after fighting for titles twice before, was amazing. It's not just any belt, is it? It's a prestigious one, the English title. Hopefully I can defend it and it will open up bigger doors for me. But I'm not looking past March 8.”

Appearing on a top undercard will be Middleton's Warren Tansey, Alex Rutter, Matthew Ryan and Liam Taylor; Heywood's Mark Thompson; Oldham's Marvin Greaves and Ashley Mayall; Derbyshire's Jack Massey; Lancashire’s AJ Faizy, and Liverpool's Anthony Smith. Manchester's Dale Coyne will make his debut.

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