Gavin Rees’ first defence of his European lightweight title against Derry Mathews ended in controversy on Saturday night when his Liverpool challenger sustained a badly broken nose in round four after Rees’ head smashed into it, bringing a premature end to proceedings at the Newport Leisure Centre in Wales.
The ringside doctor weighed up Mathews nose that had blood pouring from it after the accidental headbutt but it didn’t look good and referee John Keane waved the contest off just before the end of the round.
The fight was hotting up before the unsatisfactory end and looked like turning into a real tear up.
Because four rounds had not been completed, under European Boxing Union rules Rees keeps hold his belt by a technical draw, but Mathews who performed well will have done his chances of a rematch with the Welshman no harm and certainly deserves that with his nights effort. Although Rees now has intentions to move down to the super-featherweight which may leave Mathews to fight for the vacant title down the line.
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Newbridge middleweight Bradley Pryce started out on the comeback trail with an eight rounds points victory over Bristol’s Danny Butler and there were wins for fellow Welsh boxers Gareth Piper, Dorian Darch, Jason Cook and Ricky Owen.