Gavin Rees stops brave Derry Mathews to retain European belt and claim British title

Posted: July 8, 2012 in Uncategorized

Powerful Gavin Rees overcame a gutsy Derry Mathews in Sheffield to claim the lightweight British crown – and retain his European title in the process.

The meeting was a repeat of their October clash which ended in a technical draw after Mathews sustained a broken nose from an accidental clash of heads in the fourth.

After a dominant start by Liverpudlian Mathews, there was another accidental clash of heads in the third – resulting in a nasty cut above Mathews’ left eye.

In what proved a brutal and thrilling contest, the tide swung this way and that.

Welshman Rees’ come-forward and hooking style was always going to contrast Mathews’ jabbing from range.

Mathews enjoyed much success with simple left, right combinations throughout.

But Rees, buoyed by the bloody face of Mathews, began to land with more and more telling blows and eventually floored his opponent with a cracking right hand in the ninth.

Rees now hopes to fight the winner of the September 22 showdown between Ricky Burns and Kevin Mitchell in what is such a competitive division.

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