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SYKES, Paul; b. 23 May 1946, only son of Walter Sykes and Betty Barlow, market and shop retailers, Wakefield, Yorkshire. Represented England and County at every amateur boxing level. Contested the British & Commonwealth Heavyweigt title as a professional. Holder of Distinction and bar, Royal Life-Saving Society. Qualified football referee. Holder of the British Amateur Weightlifting Record, Deep Knee Bend 5001/2lb. Much travelled in the UK Prison System: 25 transfers in 20 years to three prison regions, eleven prisons and three special wings. Educ: Snapethorpe Seconday Modern, Wakefield Technical College. City & Guilds Bricklaying 1966 and 1975. BA (Physical Sciences) Open University (1982). HIS novel SWEET AGONY won an Arthur Koestler Literary Award in 1988.