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Rees Hopes Crolla Win Will Lead To Ricky Burns Clash

By Kevin Francis, courtesy of The Daily Star

GAVIN REES has had one taste of world title action and he's hungry for more.

The Welshman lost to Adrien Broner in a battle for the WBC lightweight belt in February and faces Anthony Crolla at the Bolton Arena next Saturday.

Rees, 33, says the clash with Broner whetted his appetite for another title tilt.

'The Rock' went straight back into training following the fifth-round defeat and is ready to roll against Crolla and hunt down a second chance to become a world champ.

Rees reckons a dominant display live on Sky Sports could lead to a showdown with stablemate Ricky Burns.

The Scot holds the WBO belt and has already defended it in an all-Brit clash with Kevin Mitchell - and Rees says he would relish a shot at a man he knows well.

He said: "People are linking me to a fight with Ricky Burns because he's a world champion and I am hunting a world title shot, so it's logical.

"Who wouldn't want to fight a world champion? It would be another great night with two Brits going at it for a world title.

"I've had Ricky's trainer Billy Nelson in our corner a few times and I've sparred with Ricky, so I know him well and he's a nice lad.

"But he's got the belt so he's a natural fight to look for. So is a fight with Richar Abril or Miguel Vazquez as they have the WBA and IBF belts.

"I want a title after appearing on a massive stage against Broner over in America.

"I was disappointed with the result but he's a great talent and he was too good for me on the night.

"There was no point in being down about it. It's made me hungry. I'm not looking past Anthony but I want another world title shot to come from this.

"I'm sure that's what he is looking for as well, that's what makes it a great fight."

Sponsors Betfair make Rees a 10-3 ON shot to claim victory, with Crolla rated a 13-5 chance to cause an upset.

On the undercard, Liverpool super-middleweights Paul Smith and Tony Dodson go toe to toe for the vacant British title.

Light-middleweight Brian Rose tackles Alexey Ribchev and superbantamweight sensation Scott Quigg returns to action.

Team GB Olympic captain Thomas Stalker is also on the bill, along with young stars Erick Ochieng, Dale Evans and Maxi Hughes.

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by taansend on 06-25-2013

The author forgets that Rees was a 'world' Champion before so he's had more than "one taste of world title action". But it is the Star so probably to be expected.

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