Advertisement
Advertisement

Gavin Rees Hoping Hearn Secures World Title Shot

By Adam Norman

Gavin Rees is hoping promoter Eddie Hearn can get him a world title shot some five years after his first short reign at the top.

It is that long since the Welshman defeated Souleymane M'baye for the WBA light-welterweight title, one that he lost in his first defence 10 months later.

But he has clawed his way back and currently holds both the British and European lightweight straps.

And while his promoters have several routes to go down, including a potential clash with WBA champion Richard Abril, Rees is in no doubt that he belongs at elite level.

"It's been five years, so it's been a long time to be honest," he told Sky Sports. "It's good, since I teamed up with Matchroom they've got me on Prizefighter, which I won, I've now won British and European titles, so the next step hopefully is the world title.

"I think I'm better now, I think everyone feels I'm better. People are saying I'm getting better with every performance, I'm only 32, and as long as I'm improving I'll go on for as long as I want.

"There are lots of fighters older than me that are still going strong so I feel I've got a good two or three years left in me, hopefully a lot of good fights and ones the British public wants."

Rees admitted that while he once held the title at 140lb he never felt comfortable at the higher weight.

"I knew I wasn't in my real weight-class," he said. "I was never a true light-welterweight. I had a chance to fight for the title, so when I won it I had to defend it.

"It didn't really affect me, I'm a tough guy and I don't take any fights hard, but these are the fights I want to be in, the hard title fights, and I'm ready to do it all again."

Rees successfully defended the titles against Derry Matthews in July, when he overcame an uncharacteristically sluggish start to stop the Liverpudlian in nine rounds.

"I started really slow and then came back strongly and took the fight from him towards the end," he said. "I always start off fast, but he's so tall with such a long reach he was fighting a good fight, but I wore him down in the end and got to him."

Rees is enjoying being part of the Matchroom Boxing promotion team and is confident they can deliver the big fights.

"Eddie's got a lot of top draw fighters and a lot of young fighters coming along now," he added. "It's a great team to be in and they deliver what they promise, not like a lot of other people. When they say it, they mean it.

"It's a good thing being a boxer to know that. With a lot of other British promoters it doesn't happen like that. I'm sure they'll deliver a world title shot eventually."

Tags: Gavin Rees image  
User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Post a Comment - View More User Comments (0)
Top Headlines Valdez Has No Problem With REVENGE Fight With Lomachenko Video: Gilberto Ramirez Talks Crawford vs. Postol, More Crawford: Postol Did NOT Want To Fight or Exchange, He Ran Video: Viktor Postol Explains His Defeat To Terence Crawford Ryota Murata Wants Billy Joe Saunders Title Shot Delvin Rodriguez Gets Close Decision Over Shawn Cameron Tim Bradley on Amir Khan's MMA Move - "He's a Clown!" Video: Terence Crawford Talks Postol Victory, Strategy, More Roach: Crawford's Speed Was Too Much, We Needed a KO Jessie Vargas, Jose Benavidez Trade Words - Fight Looming? Brandon Figueroa Admits Sluggish Performance, Plans Brief Rest Video: Nonito Doniare on Pacquiao-Crawford, Postol, More Video: Sulaiman on Crawford, Amir Khan, Chocolatito, Wilder Video: Tim Bradley on Pacquiao-Crawford, Coming Back, More Marcos Maidana Noncommittal on Ring Return Photos: Oscar Valdez Demolishes Rueda For First World Title Oleksandr Gvozdyk vs. Joe Smith Jr. WBC Eliminator in Play Photos: Crawford Dominates Postol To Unify - HUGE Gallery Postol: I Tried To Make an Exciting Fight, Crawford Was Running Anthony Mundine vs. Danny Green Rematch Inching Closer Photos: Marcos Maidana Resurfaces in The United States Crawford: Yuriorkis Gamboa is Still The Toughest Fight I've Had Terence Crawford: Manny Pacquiao Must Fight Me at 140! Roach Likes The Idea of Pacquiao vs. Crawford, at 140-Pounds Crawford Trainer: We Weren't on Roach's Level? Freddie Who? Crawford: I Hurt Postol With Every Solid Shot That Connected Terence Crawford Drops, Dominates Postol To Unify Titles Crawford vs. Postol LIVE BoxingScene Scorecard Oscar Valdez Crushes Rueda in Two, Wins WBO Title Jose Benavidez Decisions Francisco Santana in Bruising Bout Gvozdyk Gets Off The Floor To Stop Karpency in Six Maidana Breaks Down Maysonet In Six Rounds Ryota Murata Demolishes Comanche Boy in One Round Roach Admits Confusion in Golovkin-Ward Comments Fabian Maidana Aims To Emerge From Marcos' Shadow Lenny Zappavigna Stops Ik Yang in Six Rounds Video: Jose Benavidez Pumped For Santana Showdown Salido: They Have To Pay Me A lot For Lomachenko, Vargas! Crawford vs. Postol LIVE Results From Las Vegas Roach: Brook Has NO Shot To Beat Gennady Golovkin
Advertisement

Latest Active Forum Threads
Advertisement
Advertisement