Lewis Rees retires from boxing

Lewis Rees retires from boxing

One of Welsh boxing’s biggest talents has retired at just 25-years-old. Lewis ‘Rhondda Boy’ Rees (9-1-1, 5KO) has fought his final fight after admitting that he’s ‘fallen out of love’ with boxing. Writing on his Facebook profile, Rees said: “After 13 successful years. So many ups and downs. I’ve come to a tough decision. I’ve decided to hang the gloves up. No more fighting for me. I do not regret a single thing! Boxing has shaped me into who I am today. “But the last year has been nothing but an up hill struggle mentally. I’ve fallen out of love with the sport and allowed myself to feel so low and depressed. But I dragged myself through the mill to the point where I’ve sat down with my old man and my trainer Gary [Lockett] and explained everything. “It’s not wise for me to carry on boxing half hearted. Just going through the motions because of my talent will get me seriously hurt in the end.” As an amateur, Rees won numerous Welsh and British titles in the 64KG weight category, which led to selection for the Team GB squad at the Elite Institute of Sport in Sheffield. After an extensive amateur career that included appearances around the world, Rees turned professional at 22-years-old with Gary Lockett as his trainer and manager. The Welshman’s first paid appearance was at the O2 Arena in London, on the undercard of Nathan Cleverly’s first WBO world title fight, and he impressively stopped the usually durable Sid Razak in less than five minutes. The southpaw from Tonypandy remained under the promotional banner of Frank Warren for three years and quickly established himself as a hot prospect, out-pointing Tony Pace in a thriller at the Motorpoint Arena in 2012 and effortlessly stopping Leon Findlay in 2013 to win the Welsh Area welterweight title. However, 2014 was a horror year for Rees as a long term problem took its toll. It’s no secret that Rees struggled with the light-welterweight (140lbs) limit and it led to a lack lustre Majority Decision draw against Renald Garrido, owner of a modest 11-7 (2KO) record. That night in Germany, on the undercard of Enzo Maccarinelli’s unsuccessful WBA Regular world title bid against Juergen Braehmer, was the start of nine months of inactivity. In December, Rees returned at welterweight (147lbs) but was again strained on the scales. The once touted prospect was upset in Sheffield over six rounds. The victor was William Warburton, a game journeyman but one Rees should have beaten handily. Closing his career, Rees concluded by saying: “I would just like thank from bottom of my heart for all my support and my following. Every single individual who has took the time to come and watch me fight. From all my dads crowd from up the valley and all my mates. And just anyone who’s even wished me luck or watched me on TV. “And in particular my dad. Who’s been there for me despite our ups and downs and me moaning about him on my back for all these years. All he ever wanted was the best for me, he believed in my talent and he stuck by me all the way. “So thanks once again. It’s time for me to just live normally and enjoy family life with my beautiful son and girlfriend.” Rees is well known as one of the nicest people on the Welsh boxing scene and has always conducted himself with class, acting as a positive role model for the next generation, especially those at Rhondda Amateur Boxing Club. BoxingWales would like to wish Lewis Rees the best in the future and thank him for his time over the last five years.

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