Gavin Rees has received a boost from promoter Eddie Hearn ahead of his European lightweight title defence against Derry Mathews on Saturday, after he revealed he was in talks for a World title shot for the Welshman.
Rees and Mathews meet again for the belt at the Motorpoint Arena in Sheffield after their first fight in Newport in October was halted in the third when Mathews broke his nose in a head clash. Their fight, also for Mathews’ British title, is the chief support bout on the Betfair ‘Edge of Glory’ bill featuring Kell Brook’s official IBF welterweight title eliminator with Carson Jones.
Both men have recorded wins since their first clash – Rees defending the belt in Paris against Anthony Mezaache and Mathews taking the British title from Anthony Crolla in Oldham – and Rees’ promoter Hearn said that the Welshman is in line for a second World title tilt if he can see off the Liverpool fighter.
“I am in discussions for a major World title fight in October for Gavin,” confirmed Hearn. “You can never look past Derry, who was superb against Crolla, but victory will set Gavin should seal the deal and it’s a massive boost for him ahead of a tough night in Sheffield.”
Rees won the WBA light welterweight title in 2007 and has set his sights on becoming a two-weight World champion since rebuilding his career with trainer Gary Lockett and capturing the European title against Andy Murray a year ago.