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Gavin Rees may retire if he loses to Buckland on Saturday

Gavin ReesBy Scott Gilfoid: Former WBA light welterweight champion Gavin Rees (37-3-1, 18 KO’s) is in a make or break fight this Saturday night against slugger Gary Buckland (27-3, 9 KO’s) in their scheduled 12 round bout at the Motorpoint Arena, Cardiff, Wales, United Kingdom. Rees, 33, has lost his last two fights to Adrien Broner and Anthony Crolla, and the defeats have taken away Rees desire to keep fighting.

Rees is now talking retirement if he gets beaten by the 27-year-old Buckland. Rees should win this fight, but then again he was supposed to win his last fight against Crolla and things didn’t work out well for him. I honestly thought Rees beat Crolla, but the judges didn’t agree with me. They gave Crolla the victory by the scores of 115-113, 115-115, 116-113. Whatever the case, I came away from the fight not being impressed with Crolla at all. He looked awful, and fought well enough to lose by four rounds against Rees.

“If I lose to Gary I think that would be the end of the road for my career,” said Rees to Sky Sports. “It’s all on the line for me, if I lose its curtains. 2013 was the worst of my career. Two fights, two losses and some injuries, things can only get better this year.”

Like I said, I don’t count the Crolla fight as loss for Rees. But he definitely got whipped by Broner, that’s for sure.

With him putting the retirement thing to the fight, it makes it interesting for Rees and for his fans for what would normally be a less than thrilling fight. If Rees comes out quickly on Saturday then he should be able to blow Buckland out of the water. Buckland is pretty limited and easy to hit. All Rees has to do is go all out in the first 5-6 rounds, and he should be able to score a stoppage. If he can’t stop Buckland in that time, then he’ll at least have built up a big enough lead to coast his way to a 12 round decision. The only way I see Rees losing this fight is if we see scoring like in his last fight with Crolla. That was some pretty sad scores by the judges.


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