Gavin Rees determined to bounce back from Adrien Broner defeat against Anthony Crolla
Gavin Rees is using his defeat to Adrien Broner as motivation ahead of his bout with Anthony Crolla.
Last Updated: 17/06/13 5:45pm
Rees was last seen in action when valiantly failing to seize Broner's WBC lightweight title in Atlantic City on February 16 - the American champion stopping 'The Rock' in the fifth.
But 33-year-old Rees, who is a former world champion at light-welterweight, believes the experience of a 'super fight' in the US stands him in good stead ahead of his clash with Manchester's Crolla.
Rees said: "It was a massive stage to be involved in against Broner over in America. 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.
"I was confident of winning the fight and the first two rounds went OK but he's a massive puncher for a lightweight. I was very surprised just at how good he was and I really believe he is the next big star in boxing.
"I would've carried on until I was knocked out cold but I was straight back in the gym on the Thursday after the fight - maybe if I had been totally knocked out I wouldn't have been so eager. But now I'm back headlining a big show against a good contender in Anthony Crolla.
"I was never going to win the fight, I was getting hit by big shots and was falling behind, but I'm a warrior and a fighter and I wanted to go out on my shield.
"I've had some good tweets from the States and I think I earned a lot of respect in the end. I got straight back down to the nitty-gritty afterwards and although I'm not looking past Anthony, I want another world title shot to come from this - and I'm sure that's what he is looking for. That's what makes it a great fight."
On reports he could chase WBO king Ricky Burns of Scotland should he dispose of Crolla, Rees added: "People are linking me to a fight with Ricky Burns because he's a world champion and I am hunting a World title shot, so it's logical.
"Who wouldn't want to fight a world champion? It'd be another great night with two Brits going at it for a world title. I've had Ricky's trainer Billy Nelson in our corner a few times and I've sparred with Ricky, so I know him well and he's a nice lad, but he's got the belt so he's a natural fight to look for - but so is a fight with Richard Abril or Miguel Vazquez as they have belts too."