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Gavin Rees offered a showdown with WBO king Burns

Kevin Hayde
Oct 6 2012

EUROPEAN champion Gavin Rees has been offered a fight against WBO world lightweight king Ricky Burns.

The date in the diary is December 15 at London’s ExCeL Arena and offers the Gavin the opportunity he craves, to be back on the world stage he once shared with former stablemate Joe Calzaghe.

But money is proving the real sticking point with Gavin (pictured) promoted by Eddie Hearn and Burns in the Frank Warren camp.

Matchroom Boxing boss Hearn said: “They made us an offer for the fight – but it’s an horrendous offer.
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“We have options for all kinds of stuff… they made us an offer for tiny money, less than what we’re paying for European title fights.

“So that’s why that fight can’t happen.”

It has been said that Burns would be skipping over higher ranked boxers in the World Boxing Organisation should he take on ‘The Rock’.

But I honestly feel Gavin should be ranked far higher by the WBO than his current position of eight, with his number two ranking by the World Boxing Association a far more realistic spot.

Proud Scot Burns would go in as favourite following his impressive stoppage win over Kevin Mitchell in Glasgow two weeks ago.

The victory confirmed Burns’ status as one of British boxing’s hottest tickets right now and his four-round demolition of Londoner Mitchell led to swift talk of unification fights in the lightweight division.

But I believe Burns’ work-rate is nothing in comparison to Gavin’s and this is where the fight would be won or lost.

Gavin is non-stop and would not give Burns the room to box and the Scot could easily be out-punched. I feel Gavin would wear Burns down as I reckon he is now a far better fighter than the one who won the WBA light-welterweight title back in 2007.

With Matchroom still set to go down the WBA route, despite interim champion Richard Abril pulling out of a Cardiff showdown this month to instead take on Ugandan Sharif Bogere in Las Vegas on November 3, Gavin could stay active in the meantime by meeting the winner of tonight’s Prizefighter lightweight tournament.

Former foe Derry Mathews, Anthony Crolla, Gary Sykes and Jamie Spence are among those on the Liverpool bill, but this sort of fight would be no more than a warm-up for bigger things for Gavin.

Meanwhile, Gary Buckland’s British super-featherweight title defence against Stephen Foster Jr has been confirmed for the Ricky Hatton comeback bill at Manchester’s MEN Arena on November 24.

“This is certainly important to me because I’ve worked all my life for the British title,” said Cardiff boy Gary.

“Hopefully I can get this win over with a good win and then it’s on to the European.”

I’m backing Gary to do that on what is virtually a 20,000 sell-out show in Manchester already.

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stevieb_8006's Photo stevieb_8006 06 Oct 2012

I feel a bit sorry for rees hes worked hard for the WBA shot that never materialised.

Him vs Crolla would be tasty. Or mitchell. Or Murray.

watson748's Photo watson748 06 Oct 2012

 stevieb_8006, on 06 October 2012 - 11:16 AM, said:

I feel a bit sorry for rees hes worked hard for the WBA shot that never materialised.

Him vs Crolla would be tasty. Or mitchell. Or Murray.
After seeing Crolla struggle with Matthews I don't see him anywhere near the same level as Rees, not yet anyway. Lets see how he gets on in Prizefighter tonight. The other two match ups would be very interesting.

hitman_hatton1's Photo hitman_hatton1 06 Oct 2012

he's lucky abril fell out.

shit style match for rees.

Menty's Photo Menty 07 Oct 2012

Its a shame fish eyes and the hearns cant settle their differences and make the fight - in fact theres a few decent domestic scraps that wont happen because of their bullshit.

hitman_hatton1's Photo hitman_hatton1 07 Oct 2012

always been the way in british boxing.

just recently has affected american boxing with this whole goldenboy/top rank mess.