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Wales' Gavin Rees hopes for European title tilt

Gavin Rees
Gavin Rees admits he has one last chance to shine in boxing

Newly-crowned British lightweight champion Gavin Rees has targeted a shot at unbeaten Englishman John Murray's European title.

The Welshman battled to a hard-fought win over John Watson in Newport on Saturday and the 30-year-old wants to rise further up the rankings.

Rees said: "Hopefully we can get that fight on [against Murray].

He is a former world light-welterweight champion but under new trainer Gary Lockett, he has slimmed down.

The new lightweight, who joined Lockett's stable after switching from the renowned Enzo Calzaghe gym, has trimmed down significantly under the new regime.

And Rees admits his current dedication is inspired by the fact he has one "last chance" to achieve his potential.

Rees said: "In the past I took things for granted. I've got to 30 now so I know I'm on my last chance. I'm in the gym all the time.

"I would have gone back to the gym on Monday, but I'm aching an awful lot from 11 rounds so a couple of days off and I'll be back in the gym training for the next fight.

"I think that'll be in February so maybe next year I'll try and get four fights in."

Rees knocked previously unbeaten Merseysider Watson in the 11th round at the Newport Centre on Saturday and the Newbridge boxer now wants to conquer Europe.

'The Rock' has only one defeat in his 35 professional fights when he lost his WBA world light-welterweight title to Andriy Kotelnik in March 2008 in his first defence.

Rees had 17 months out of the ring but returned to win the light-welterweight Prizefighter title in December 2009 and show his talent.

He fought three times in 2010 and wants to go one better next year - starting with Manchester-based Murray who has won 24 straight bouts, including one knock-out.

see also
Battling Rees takes British title
07 Nov 10 |  Boxing
Rees awarded British title shot
18 Oct 10 |  Boxing
Slimmed-down Rees wins work-out
09 Apr 10 |  Boxing
Coach Calzaghe 'taking a break'
12 Mar 10 |  Boxing
Rees storms to Prizefighter crown
04 Dec 09 |  Boxing
Rees stopped in WBA title defence
22 Mar 08 |  Boxing
Rees claims world title success
21 Jul 07 |  Boxing
Gavin Rees in photos
29 Apr 10 |  Boxing

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