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HOT off his recent success in Matchroom’s Prizefighter competition, Newbridge’s former WBA light-weight champion Gavin “The Rock” Rees could be set for a surprising second world title tilt.


Although nothing has been confirmed as yet, 29-year-old Rees, 31-1 (14), and his trainer Enzo Calzaghe believe that a shot at WBC light-welterweight champion Devon Alexander could happen on Don King’s Las Vegas bill on March 6.


At present Colombian puncher Juan Urango is pencilled to put his IBF strap on the line against St. Louis, Missouri’s Alexander in a unification bout, but Rees believes it will be him in the opposing corner instead come fight night.


“Alexander’s name is being put forward at the moment and we’ve sent contracts back so we’re just waiting for confirmation,” Rees revealed. “Hopefully it goes ahead but I’ve seen Urango down on Boxrec so I don’t know what’s happening there. We should know for definite next week.




“Enzo says he’s in contact with Don King everyday, seems to think it’s 100 per cent on, he seems to have been telling everybody [about it], but we’re just waiting now. The chance to be a two-time world champion is what I’ve been waiting for. I want to take the opportunity now to step onto bigger things.


“I said I wouldn’t box at light-welterweight again but obviously for a world title I’m willing to fight at the weight again. It’s a great chance for me to get the WBC belt, but if not I’ll come back to lightweight.”


In early December Rees scooped £32,000 after defeating Ted Bami, Jason Cook and Colin Lynes over three rounds each at London’s Olympia to take the ninth Prizefighter trophy.


And he believes his it’s his stellar performances in the competition that have led to him being considered as a fighter worthy of competing in 12-round championship class again.


“There were some former British and European champions in there that had boiled down in weight while I was coming up, but I always knew I had a great chin and I knew that the type of competition suited my style perfectly,” he said.


“It felt good to get back in the mix and because of that I’m getting these offers now. If I hadn’t won that I wouldn’t be getting them but it’s going to help get me the title fights that I have been waiting for.


“Obviously it was a frustrating year in the gym for me and the rest of the boys because the fall-out between Joe [Calzaghe] and Frank Warren affected everybody, but hopefully this will be a better year for all of us. I’m just happy to be boxing again and getting in title fights now.”


Rees hopes he’ll have some more concrete information regarding the Devon Alexander fight by the end of next week.



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Gavin Rees needs to face and defeat higher opposition than prizefighter opponents to see what level hes at before taking on a undefeated alexander. alexanders got a tough fight coming up against a good hard puncher in march against urango, and he might lose his title. so talk about rees v alexanders a bit premature.


I like rees but not sure if he can reach the very top of his division.

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