Khan beats Mayweather and Pacquiao, says Gavin Rees

khan5By Scott Gilfoid: Former WBA 140-pound champion Gavin Rees believes that Amir Khan (29-3, 19 KO’s) would beat both WBO welterweight champion Manny Pacquiao (56-5-2, 38 KO’s) and WBA/WBC welterweight champ if he winds up facing either of them in his next fight. Khan, 27, is hoping to get picked out by Top Rank promoter Bob Arum for Pacquiao’s next fight in Macao, China on November 22nd.

Khan’s former trainer Freddie Roach is trying to throw a monkey wrench in the gears to keep Khan from getting a fight against Pacquiao by advising Arum not to having Pacquiao fight Khan.

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Gavin Rees may retire if he loses to Buckland on Saturday

rees45By 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.

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Gavin Rees vs Anthony Crolla Preview

rees44By Peter Wells (twitter @boxingbrains): While fireworks are expected tonight when Frankie Gavin and Denton Vassell take to the ring to face each other in a solid all-British clash, there seems no doubt that tomorrow night will be even more explosive. Although in a fight featuring a much clearer favourite, no boxing fan is under the false illusion that Gavin Rees vs Anthony Crolla wont be anything over than a belter.

Gavin Rees can feel no shame in his performance last time out against Adrien Broner, where he was halted in 5 one-sided rounds. On that February night, Broner proved to be a level above the Welshman, and Rees never had a chance to impose himself on the fight.

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Gavin Rees vs. Anthony Crolla on June 29th at the Bolton Arena

broner45By Scott Gilfoid: 33-year-old Gavin Rees (37-2-1, 18 KO’s) will be facing Anthony Crolla (25-4-1, 9 KO’s) this month on June 29th at the Bolton, Arena, Bolton, UK. The winner of the fight could land himself a fight against WBO lightweight champion Ricky Burns or at least that’s what’s being talked about.

Rees was stopped in his last fight by WBC lightweight champion Adrien Broner in a 5th round stoppage last February. Rees looked terrible and over-matched.

Crolla, 26, is coming off of a controversial 12 round draw against Derry Mathews last March in a fight that many boxing fans had Crolla winning.

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Crolla v Rees winner could get Burns

rees6By Stevie Ocallaghan: According to the Manchester Evening Times, the winner from Anthony Crolla v Gavin Rees fight at the end of this month could be in line for a world title shot.
Both fighters have landed lucky here as it being a WBO International bout is mainly for guys ranked outside the top ten.

We know after Burns-Gonzalez fight, promoter Eddie Hearn was looking for a mandatory to see him through to the last fight on his three fight deal with Burns, but the winner of Crolla v Rees isn’t a match-up that would make a great fight.

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Gavin Rees vs. Anthony Crolla on June 29th on Haye-Charr undercard in Manchester, UK

rees7By Scott Gilfoid: 32-year-old Gavin Rees (37-2-1, 18 KO’s) faces 26-year-old Anthony Crolla (25-4-1, 9 KO’s) in a fight on the undercard of the David Haye vs. Manuel Charr heavyweight clash on June 29th at the Manchester Arena in Manchester, UK.

Rees is coming off of a 5th round stoppage loss at the hands of WBC lightweight champion Adrien Broner last February. Rees was way out of his class in that fight and ended up hitting the deck twice, once in the 4th and another time in the 5th.

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Broner: I would have had to hurt Rees bad if they didn’t stop the fight

broner46By Scott Gilfoid: WBC lightweight champion Adrien Broner (26-0, 22 KO’s) was pleased that Gavin Rees’ trainer Gary Lockett decided to stop the fight last Saturday night after Broner had knocked the Welsh fighter to the canvas in the 5th and was teeing off on him.

Lockett decided he didn’t want to let Broner annihilate the badly hurt Rees, so he threw in the towel to have the fight stopped.

Broner said to ESPN “They stopped it at the right time because I would have had to hurt him bad.”

It’s really good that Lockett stopped the fight. I know a lot of boxing fans thought it was a quick stoppage, and I know some boxing fans wondered if Rees even came to win. I agreed with the move by Lockett because it would have gotten much worse had Rees been able to make it out of that round.

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Hearn: Broner-Rees probably sold less than 2,000 tickets

broner6664By Scott Gilfoid: Matchroom Sport Promoter Eddie Hearn sounded disappointed with the turnout for the fight between his fighter Gavin Rees (37-2-1, 18 KO’s) and WBC lightweight champion Adrien Broner (26-0, 22 KO’s) last Saturday night at the Boardwalk Hall, in Atlantic City, New Jersey, USA.

Rees was blown out in five one-sided rounds before Ree’s trainer Gary Lockett sailed a white towel into the ring in the 5th to save his fighter when Broner was really giving it to him after having knocked him down with a beautiful left hand to the body.

The next day, a not so happy-sounding Hearn complained bitterly about the U.S crowd turnout for the fight not being big, which Hearn estimates that there were less than 2,000 tickets sold. There’s no doubt those would be horrible numbers for a star like Broner if true.

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Broner-Rees seen by 1.4 million viewers on HBO

broner874By Scott Gilfoid: HBO may have lost Floyd Mayweather Jr. to Showtime/CBS this week, but they have a capable replacement with the talented WBC lightweight champion Adrien Broner (26-0, 22 KO’s), who drew monster numbers for his fight against the UK’s Gavin Rees (37-2-1, 18 KO’s) last Saturday night at the Boardwalk Hall, in Atlantic City, New Jersey, USA. Those numbers weren’t because of Rees that’s for sure because few U.S fans had ever heard of him. Rees was seen by many as just another lamb being led to the slaughter for Broner.

The Broner vs. Rees fight was viewed by an incredible 1.4 million viewers on HBO with a peak of 1.551 million, according to Steve Kim. Wow, that is very impressive. Broner is tentatively scheduled to fight on Mayweather’s undercard on May 4th. It’s unclear if that’s going to happen because Broner is fighting for HBO, so my guess is that’s going to keep him being able to fight on the card.

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Hearn: HBO & American fans loved Gavin Rees’s performance against Broner

broner67By Scott Gilfoid: Eddie Hearn, the promoter for Gavin Rees, is under the impression that Rees wowed HBO and the American boxing fans with his 5th round TKO loss to WBC lightweight champion Adrien Broner last Saturday night at the Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City, New Jersey.

Hearn believes HBO and the U.S fans came away impressed with Rees’ performance in getting dropped twice by Broner, and having his trainer pull him out quickly in the 5th round when things were looking bleak for Rees.

Hearn said to I Film London “Already we’re hearing HBO and American fans ‘Oh, we love Gavin Rees. We’d love to have him back. So that opens plenty of doors.

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