Gary Sykes has been told by his own team that Belfast’s Kevin O’Hara will give him the fight of his life.
The undefeated Dewsbury fighter makes the first defence of his British super-featherweight title against O’Hara at Huddersfield Leisure Centre on Friday May 28.
Sykes (14-0) won snatched the title in March with a convincing points win over Andy Morris. But trainer Chris Aston warned: “It is fair to say O’Hara is a real handful.
“I’m confident Gary will win, but O’Hara has all the credential to give him a hard night.”
O’Hara (17-5) challenged WBO number one contender Ricky Burns last summer and only lost narrowly on points against the world class Scot.
Aston added: “Gary will have to get rounds in the bag early on in the knowledge that O’Hara will come strong later in the fight. Gary will have to box, think and scrap all at the same time, and I’m really looking forward to it.”
And Ireland’s former WBA featherweight champion Barry McGuigan believes an upset for the Irishman is on the cards.
He added: “It will be a tough fight, but if Kevin performs on the night, he could get the job done, and it would be great to have another British champion from Belfast.”
Promoter Frank Maloney is putting together a talent stacked undercard for the bill that is being televised live by Sky Sports.
There are some tickets left price £30 and £65 from 0871 226 1508 or www.frankmaloney.com