Vintage BM: Sykes and the Waiting Game


The Central Gym in Batley, West Yorkshire, is stifling. Cracks along windowpanes proclaiming “DICKY’S GYM” in flaking white paint offer scant ventilation. Trainer Julian McGowan’s star pupil, Gary Sykes, looks weary, sore and has a bloodshot right eye. Preparations are underway for a pre-Xmas payday, possibly on the undercard of the Stuart Hall-Vusi Malinga fight for the vacant IBF bantamweight title in Leeds on 21 December.

Long road to glory – The Amnat Ruenroeng story


Many of the best stories are about redemption. The fulfillment of a distant dream when chances are few and all hope seems lost. Not many lives have undergone the radical transformation of Thailand’s current IBF flyweight champion and former convict Amnat Ruenroeng. His story seemed destined for sadness until boxing took him down an unlikely path to salvation and ultimately glory.

Vintage BM: Sykes and the Waiting Game


The Central Gym in Batley, West Yorkshire, is stifling. Cracks along windowpanes proclaiming “DICKY’S GYM” in flaking white paint offer scant ventilation. Trainer Julian McGowan’s star pupil, Gary Sykes, looks weary, sore and has a bloodshot right eye. Preparations are underway for a pre-Xmas payday, possibly on the undercard of the Stuart Hall-Vusi Malinga fight for the vacant IBF bantamweight title in Leeds on 21 December.