Gavin Rees has expressed his desire to become world champion for a second time after his fight with Adrien Broner gave him a "taste of the big stage" again.

Rees is a former WBA Light Welterweight champion after defeating Souleymane M’baye in 2007, however he lost his world title in his first defence.

The 33-year-old’s last fight saw him travel to America to face Broner and although Rees was stopped in the fifth, he was glad to have a big fight again.

Rees told World Boxing News: "It was a massive stage to be involved in against Broner. I was disappointed with the result but he's a great talent and too good for me on the night.

"There was no point in being down about it afterwards. It was great to get a taste of the big stage in the States and it's made me hungry to get back to that again.”

The next challenge for the Welshman comes at the end of the month when he takes on Anthony Crolla in Bolton, with a potential fight against Ricky Burns on the cards for the winner.

Burns currently holds the WBO Lightweight belt but the Crolla fight will not be easy for Rees. He has won 37 of the 40 fights he has competed and been involved in one drawn fight.

Crolla does have a slightly poorer record, having lost four of his 30 fights, and also having one fight called as a draw but he was one time British lightweight champion.


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