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Last Updated: Wednesday, 25 July 2007, 08:22 GMT 09:22 UK
Rees is ready for Hatton - Warren
Gavin Rees and trainer Enzo Calzaghe
Rees celebrates his world title with trainer Enzo Calzaghe
Promoter Frank Warren says there is no reason why light welterweight champion Gavin Rees could not meet Ricky Hatton.

"Why shouldn't it happen?" said Warren. "Gavin's undefeated, he was highly ranked before his out-of-the-ring problems, now he's back with a title.

"Gavin has a mandatory defence against Andreas Kotelnik, but before that we hope to get him a voluntary defence on Joe Calzaghe's 3 November undercard."

Rees, 27, won the WBA title from Souleymane M'Baye on Saturday.

That took the Enzo Calzaghe-trained Newbridge man's record to 27-0 (13 KOs).

But Rees himself feels that a Hatton contest is beyond his reach for the time being, with WBC champion Junior Witter perhaps a more realistic target.

"Hatton would be a dream fight, but I know I'm not a big enough name for him," said Rees.


"He's in the States having big-money fights, so good luck to him.

"I'm just looking forward to defending my title and I'm prepared to fight anyone in the world."

Warren, who warned Rees about his discipline ahead of the M'Baye fight, was full of praise for the Welshman afterwards.

"I knew he had the work-rate and desire, and he did what he should have done," Warren told BBC Sport Wales.

Maybe I could fight for Gavin's title and then I would be a world champion at 20!

Amir Khan

"It was his big chance and he went out and grabbed it with both hands, he totally hussled M'Baye out of it and that fight will bring Gavin on a bundle."

Commonwealth lightweight champion Amir Khan could also be an option for Rees somewhere down the line.

"Gavin is a good fighter," said 20-year-old Olympic silver medallist Khan.

"Winning a title like that is awesome. He's got one of the best belts.

"I don't know what was wrong with Souleymane on the night, though.

"Maybe I could fight for Gavin's title and then I would be a world champion at 20!"

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