Rees ready for Mathews

1 10 2011

Rees hoping to retain title

Gavin Rees will be hoping his boxing resurgence continues as he defends his European lightweight crown against Derry Mathews tonight at the Newport Leisure Centre in Wales.

Rees will be hoping a victory against Mathews will put him into pole position to fight for a world title.

“I don’t mind who I have to fight to win a world title,” said Rees.

The 31 year old has been on a role since losing to Andriy Kotelnyk back in 2008, reeling off 8 wins. However in Rees last fight against Andy Murray (no relation to the tennis star I’m told), Rees faded badly as he stuttered over the finish line to claim the vacant European lightweight belt.

Rees puts that down to slimming down to the 135 lb limit and insists his stamina will not be in an issue in this fight.

Also in the last chance saloon here is Derry Mathews. Once one of the hottest properties and brightest prospects in British boxing; he comes into this fight on the back of 4 straight wins following his crushing defeat in the Prizefighter final by Gary Buckland.

Mathews boasts a slight height advantage and will have to use that to his advantage in what should be a good ol’ fashion tear up, and expect to see a few knockdowns along the way.

This is definitely the last chance for these two to put them back in the frame for a world title fight and back into the British boxing spotlight.

A loss and you won’t see any of these boys progress pass the European level.

Sweet Science UK prediction

Expect a good ol’ fashion tear up as both boxers put it all on the line. I’m expecting to see a few knockdowns along the way but eventually I think Rees will come through with a stoppage win late on.

See the weigh in below:




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