- Born May 23rd 1946, only son of Walter Sykes and Betty Barlow
- Represented England and County at every amateur boxing level
- Contested the British and Commonwealth heavyweight titles as a professional
- Holder of the British amateur weightlifting record (deep knee bend 500lbs)
- His novel SWEET AGONY won the Arthur Koestler Literary Award in 1988.
- Much travelled in the UK Prison system: 25 transfers in 20 years
- BA (Physical Sciences) Open University (1982).
- Paul Sykes, 60, died March 7 2007 from pneumonia and liver cirrhosis.