Rees is back to boxing and hungry for it

Rees is back to boxing and hungry for it

One of Welsh boxing’s biggest talents, Lewis ‘Rhondda Boy’ Rees (9-0-1, 5KO) is back and hungry to get his career back on track. The 25-year-old from Tonypandy will end eight months of inactivity tomorrow on Frank Warren’s show in Sheffield when he faces the experienced journeyman, William Warburton (13-69-5, 2KO) over six rounds. Rees said, “It’s up to Gary [Lockett – trainer and manager] but I’m happy to go as fast as they can push me. I’ll fight anyone, I’m at the stage now where give me a fight, a chance and I’ll take it.” Rees suffered a blip in his last contest, dropping a Majority Decision draw to plucky Spaniard Renald Garrido in April, on the undercard of Enzo Maccarinelli’s world title bid against the WBA Regular champion, Juergen Braehmer. Although many Welshmen believed that the southpaw had done enough to pip the eight rounder, almost all would admit that he was far from his best. It’s a notion Rees agrees with but he has his reasons. He said, “When I look back, it’s disappointing, obviously. I do think I won the fight, as do a lot of people and one of the judges did, too. It was in Germany but I can’t argue with that, it is what it is now.” Rees’ weight has been a source of speculation in the past and many observers were mildly surprised to see him fight in the category he competed in during his amateur days. Seeming to have learned his limits, Rees will now return to welterweight, where he still reigns as Welsh champion. He said, “Making light-welterweight, that’s what finished me off really, it killed me [against Garrido]. It was the first time I’ve got down there in five years, it was hard for me to do that. “I’d take the rematch. If I could get down to light-welterweight and be nice and healthy or he wants to come up to welterweight, I’d fight him again.” Aside from boxing, the father-of-one also holds down a day job and he’s had plenty of things to take his time up in 2014. However, while the Welsh boxing scene has awaited an end to the inactivity, so has an eager Rees. He said, “At first, I took a bit of time off, away from boxing. Then, I had to have a small operation in between, nothing to do with boxing but I had some time off for that. “I had some inactivity, no sign of a date, no sign of nothing but I’ve been in the gym about two months now, I think. “I’ve been ticking over in the gym, even when I had no official date but I knew I’d be out before Christmas, so I’ve been focusing on that. I’m ready to go.” Rees’ fight will be broadcast on BoxNation (Sky Ch. 437, Virgin Ch. 546) at approximately 8:00pm on Saturday 13th December.

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