Rees: ‘I want big name Brit after French assignment’
Gavin Rees is relishing defending his European lightweight title against Anthony Mezaache in Paris on Friday night live on Sky Sports 4 and HD4 from 9pm – and says victory will prove he is willing to fight anyone, anywhere.
Rees defends the belt for the second time against Mezaache, the Parisian fighter who won the belt on foreign soil himself in February 2009 when he beat Jon Thaxton in Norwich.
And the Welshman enters Mezaache’s backyard aiming to kick his 2012 off with an impressive defence that could land him an exciting British fight against the likes of Ricky Burns, Kevin Mitchell, John Murray or Anthony Crolla.
‘Every boxer wants to fight at home but I don't mind going to France,’ said Rees. ‘I don't think it'll be a hostile crowd but even if it is, it's only a crowd, they can't get in the ring and help him when he's in there with me at my best.
‘I've seen a few clips of him from his fight against Thaxton. He beat him quite comfortably but I think that wasn't the best of Jon, he was on his way out. So I think that this is a job I am confident of doing.
‘There are some big domestic fights out there for me with Burns, Mitchell, Crolla and Murray and I want all of them. I've been training hard for Mezaache and once I've got past him I want to fight one of the big name Brits.
‘I don't believe that I have been truly recognised for my achievements so hopefully beating one of those boys would get me there. I sparred with Ricky [Burns] and we had some great sessions and I know it would be a crowd-pleaser.
‘I'd like to have a go at Ricky or maybe I could win another one of the world titles and we could have a massive unification fight. We've got a great group of lightweights in Britain at the moment, maybe one of the strongest ever, so hopefully we can all fight each other soon.’