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Crolla vs Rees Set For The Khan-McCloskey Undercard

By Terence Dooley

Anthony Crolla looks set to make the maiden defence of his British lightweight belt against Gavin Rees on the undercard of the Amir Khan-Paul McCloskey WBA 140lb title fight at the MEN, Manchester on April 16th. 

Ricky Hatton promotes Crolla; the former linear light-welterweight champion’s promotional company is helping Golden Boy and Team Khan put the PPV event together.  Indeed, Ricky yesterday announced a strong bill, one that looks even stronger in the light of this latest match-up.

Crolla won the Lonsdale belt with a thrilling ninth-round KO of Liverpool’s John Watson on February 12 and immediately signalled his desire to accommodate Rees, who vacated the belt in order to allow the Watson-Crolla fight to go ahead after aggravating a nose injury in training.

Ironically, Rees once held the WBA strap that is currently in the possession of Khan.  Andriy Kotelnik relieved the Welshman of the belt courtesy of a final stanza stoppage in 2008, the 30-year-old’s only blemish in 35 fights (34 wins with 16 KOs).

Manchester’s ‘Million Dollar’ Crolla moved to 20-2 (8) when beating Rees, the 24-year-old is in the form of his life under trainer Joe Gallagher.  The fight against Rees is likely to be given a prime slot on the Sky TV PPV broadcast, the network salivated over Crolla’s and Rees’s most recent wins and both men have provided FOTY candidates in the last year.

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User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by Bajingo on 03-16-2011

This is a very good domestic undercard - much better than the usual [COLOR="Black"]s[/COLOR]hit that accompanies Khan and Haye PPVs.

Comment by truestory1987 on 03-16-2011

WOW!!!...solid card!!..Crolla vs Rees, Gevor vs Macklin and Khan vs Mccloskey....AWESOME!!

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