Brook set for Jones test

10 05 2012

Kell Brook will face off against Carson Jones at Sheffield’s Motorpoint Arena on July 7 in an IBF title eliminator.

Jones, ranked 3rd by the IBF, is 25 and his record currently stands at 34 wins (24 via KO), 8 losses (2 via KO) and 2 draws.The winner will face off against the IBF champion, which will be decided when Mike Jones faces Randall Bailey on June 9th.

The fight is a step in the right direction because a win here will give Brook the title shot he craves.

His opponent might not be the big-name we were all hoping for but it will be extremely difficult for Brook to get a big name to come and fight in Sheffield, until he holds a title. He has no bargaining chip right now.

Having said that, it’s a good test for Brook and I do expect him to come through this with no problems, possibly winning via stoppage. That should then spring board Brook to a title fight, which will probably take place in America and allow Brook to gain more exposure which will only enhance his career prospects.

Brook’s showdown with Jones headlines a great night for British boxing, dubbed “Edge of Glory”, with Gavin Rees and Derry Matthews meeting once more with Rees European title and Matthews British title both on the line. Kerry Hope will also defend his European title against the man he defeated for it on the Brook-Hatton undercard, Greg Proksa.

Feel free to leave your predictions and thoughts.


Broken nose ends Rees-Mathews bout

1 10 2011

Gavin Rees retained his European lightweight title after his fight with Derry Mathews ended in a technical draw.

Rees hoping to retain title

Mathews suffered a broken nose after a clash of heads in the 4th round. The ringside doctor, after taking a closer look, had no choice but to call the bout off resulting in the technical draw.

Whilst the fight was close with Rees using his surprisingly quicker hands to walk down and bully Mathews; who looked to counter the smaller Rees as he walked in.

The first round probably shaded the 1st round, as he landed some eye catching combinations.

Rees, who was warned twice for hitting below the belt, struggled to get into the fight in the 1st round but upped the pace in the 2nd, 3rd and 4th rounds as his bullying styled began to work.

The fight began to pick up the pace in the 4th with both Rees and Mathews landing some great combinations. But just as the action started to hot up; the back of Rees head caught Mathews as they traded at close range.

Blood streamed from Mathews nose and there was no doubt that the fight should be stopped leading to the technical draw.

It was a disappointing end for the fight, but there is no doubt we will see these two back in the ring very soon.


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: