Brave Jonny Kays led the tributes on Twitter to Gary Sykes following his English title victory last Saturday.
The beaten Ashton man (@ 2smokes_kays ) Tweeted: “Well done @GarySykes Boxer and @centralboxing we can go bk 2 bein Friends again! My ribs r killing me ya rascal. Enjoy the win boys #toplads”
Freelance journalist and BoxNation pundit Steve Lillis (@stevelillis): “Gary was quality. Top fight. He has some engine on him in later rounds.”
In a Tweet thanking Bob Shannon for helping in the corner, Julian McGowan (@centralboxing) said: “Huge thanks to @Bob Shannons gym for working with Team Sykes last night. Ultimate professional no ifs and buts #bestinthebusiness”
Shannon responded: “ @centralboxing My pleasure as always lads!! Nice to catch up, Jon and Gary both put a lot into their fight!! Top pros!”
Catherine Hinchliffe (@cathrube) simply Tweeted: “excellent news, fab!”