Gavin Rees hints at retirement following loss to Anthony Crolla

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Former WBA light welterweight champion Gavin 'The Rock' Rees (37-3-1) has hinted at retirement following his narrow points loss to Anthony Crolla at Bolton Arena over the weekend.

Speaking to Phil Blanche of Media Wales, Rees, 33, said: “It’s possibly cooked my career, maybe that’s it – the Ricky Burns fight has gone, everything’s gone.”

After the loss to Crolla, Rees's promoter Eddie Hearn suggested there were big domestic dates available for the Welshman, but asked: "Does someone like Gavin want to fight for lesser titles and smaller money?”

To which Rees replied: “Domestic level? I doubt it, no. I doubt it very much.”

Ress's trainer, former world title challenger Gary Lockett, vowed to support the Rock's decision whatever it may be.

“I’ll back him 100 per cent in what he chooses to do. He’s had a fantastic career, won British and European titles and a version of the world title – and how many from Wales have done that?"
http://news.boxrec.com/news/2013/gavin-rees-hints-retirement-following-loss-anthony-crolla
 

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well, dude certainly overachieved, he can be proud of his career. a lesser man wouldn't have had a fraction of the success he had with his skills and lack of physical gifts.
 
Jun 3, 2012
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I'm afraid that dropping a decision to Crolla - and not that close a decision - suggests that Rees is domestic level, these days. If he doesn't want to fight for domestic belts - and I can understand why he might not want to - then it does seem that retirement beckons. I just don't think that there's another world title shot in him. He really wasn't great on Saturday.
 

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He looked like he had retired after the 10th round on Saturday. He has had an excellent career but it would be a shame to go out on such a disappointing performance.
 
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He looked like he had retired after the 10th round on Saturday. He has had an excellent career but it would be a shame to go out on such a disappointing performance.
Agreed but the trouble is he likely won't get a big profile offer, now, so might not get the opportunity to go out on anything bigger. Saturday made me think that post-Broner was the moment to walk away.
 
Jun 6, 2012
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Gutted. Was worried before the fight.

He needs to decide if it was an off night, or whether it's time.

If the former, he needs to begging Eddie for a rematch on the Burns undercard.
 
Jun 6, 2012
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Gav'll know in his mind whether Saturday's result was the best he could have done or was down to a lack of application pre-fight and during the fight.

If its the former, retirement is worth consideration. If he believes he can do better and is willing to put in the effort then I think he can have one last run at the titles. Maybe have a ten rounder, then a top domestic like Murray/Mitchell, then the European. If he can put a run together like that he'd be back in the world title picture in what isn't a deep division (He was no 6 in the world going into last night). If he loses again however, he'll know its probably time to bow out
 
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If he wants to fight on I think pursuing a rematch might be a good shout - he seems to feel as though he could have done better late on, from what he has said, and it would be a big fight domestically. Crolla might want to make it emphatic, too, so it could suit both of them (like Price-Thompson!). It might be the only domestic fight Rees fancies, and I don't see him getting a meaningful international fight straight off the back of that loss.
 
Jun 6, 2013
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Any possible shot at another world title has well and truly gone, glad he's not deluding himself into thinking otherwise.

Rees has had a very good career, he can retire extremely pleased with it. Won a world championship which fighters only dream of and also the European and British titles. And don't forget, that famous, respected and iconic Prizefighter trophy.

Good luck to Gavin, seems a really genuine fella. Proper laughed my arse off when he called Broner a nobhead in front of all those Americans. :lol:
 
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Any possible shot at another world title has well and truly gone, glad he's not deluding himself into thinking otherwise.

Rees has had a very good career, he can retire extremely pleased with it. Won a world championship which fighters only dream of and also the European and British titles. And don't forget, that famous, respected and iconic Prizefighter trophy.

Good luck to Gavin, seems a really genuine fella. Proper laughed my arse off when he called Broner a nobhead in front of all those Americans. :lol:
That was class when he was ripping Broner, the Americans were laughing there heads off at the press conference.
 
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Id take the Mitchell fight in London if i was him. He would get a good a chunk of money and a win would push him back up rankings. If not, a Crolla rematch on Burns bill would make alot of sense.
 

DaveT

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He seemed a bit flat on Saturday, must be hard coming from Broner to Crolla. I'd give it another fight to see what happens.

Gavin will know himself what he has left but is probably wondering whether or not it was just one of those nights.