BUCKLAND-REES UNDECIDED ON REMATCH

There have been many calls for Welshmen Gary Buckland and Gavin Rees to rematch their classic lightweight encounter but both boxers are undecided about going through it all again. Buckland (28-3, 9KO) prevailed with a Split Decision win and there was just one point on the deciding scorecard that separated him from Rees (37-4-1, 18kO) in their British title eliminator.

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Matchroom Sport, who promoted Saturday’s ‘Reloaded show at Cardiff’s Motorpoint Arena, have preliminary plans to return to Wales on May 3rd and a rematch would be sure to sell well with fans. “Gavin is a true champion and we pushed each other all the way, it could’ve gone either way and I’m just glad I got the nod,” said Buckland. “I am sure everyone would want to see it again and I’d be up for it too, but we’ll see what the Board say as I really want to win the British title again.” It was only Buckland’s second fight in his hometown, the first being a shocking knockout defeat to Stephen Smith at the same venue in his last fight but his career is back on track after a career best win. “Gary is a top fighter and it was a great battle,” said Rees. “I just couldn’t get going in the first six rounds. I think I came back quite well and pushed him towards the end, but he got the decision. I have to go away and see what I am going to do with my career. I’ve lost three in a row now and I’m nearly 34 so I’ll have some time with my family and see what happens.” It was the third loss in a row for Rees after a stoppage defeat to then WBC world lightweight champion Adrien Broner and a Majority Decision points loss to Anthony Crolla in 2013. The former world, European and British champion had said he’d retire if he lost again but the close nature of the contest may be enough to convince him to carry on.

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