Boxer Gary Sykes Talks Mental Health And Addiction Struggles In Retirement: “Boxing Was A Lonely Sport, But At Least I Had The Sport”


Gary Sykes has found retirement harder than most boxers. Speaking to Bad Left Hook, the Dewsbury fighter explains his longest, hardest fight.

By Lewis Watson

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“I was convinced my kids were going to die if I didn’t do something… so I took a knife to my throat.”

The call goes silent; with the humming static of the phone line the only noise capable of breaking the tension. Former two-time British champion, Gary Sykes (28-5), is clearly suffering but speaks candidly to Bad Left Hook in an attempt to punch through the stigma of his mental health struggles.

Sykes’s bravery, honesty, and willingness to speak out are inspiring. Following his retirement in 2016, the Dewsbury fighter has attempted to slalom through life’s obstacles, but on more than one occasion has found himself somersaulting…click here to continue reading