REES CALLS TIME ON CAREER

Earlier today, Gavin ‘The Rock’ Rees (37-4-1, 18KO) issued a statement through Matchroom Sport to announce that he will retire after his May 17th rematch with Gary Buckland (28-3, 9KO).

The pair are set to lock horns again at Cardiff’s Motorpoint Arena in a repeat of their Fight of the Year candidate from earlier this year and win, lose or draw – it’ll be the last fight of Rees’ career that has included WBA world, European, British and Prizefighter title wins.

REES’ STATEMENT:

“I will leave everything I have in the ring on May 17 and I am proud of everything I have achieved. Winning a World title was a dream come true and of course all British fighters want to win the British title and claiming that for the first time in 2010 was a huge honour.

“My trainer Gary Lockett has done a brilliant job getting me through training camps in the last few years but I can’t keep doing it. I’ve had a fair few injuries and they are catching up with me, but I’ve still got a great fight left in me and I plan to empty everything left in me out in Cardiff and put on a real show for the fans who have been great to me.

“The first fight was a classic and you couldn’t argue with the decision going either way. Of course I thought I did enough to get it but there were no complaints. Gary is a fantastic fighter and you know what you are going to get with us – all-action for 12 rounds.

“It’ll be an emotional night for me knowing that it’s the end of a brilliant road, so I want to bow out in style and say I ended my career with a great win in Cardiff.”

Tickets are on sale now priced at £30, £40 and £60 ringside available from www.livenation.co.uk or by calling 02920 22 44 88. VIP Packages priced £120 are available from www.matchroomboxing.com or by calling 01277 359900.

Headlining the show, Lee Selby faces Romulu Koasicha in an official eliminator for the WBC Featherweight title with the International belt on the line. Also on the card, Nathan Cleverly makes his debut at Cruiserweight against Guyana’s Shaun Corbin with the WBA Inter-Continental title on the line, Liverpool’s Super Middleweight star Callum Smith defends his WBC International Super Middleweight title against Swansea’s Tobias Webb, Dale Evans faces Mark Douglas, plus there’s action for Chris Jenkins, Mitch Buckland, Robbie Turley and Alex Hughes.

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