28th July 2012

 
Gavin Rees is close to signing a contract to fight for the vacant WBA lightweight title against Cuban interim champion Richard Abril. The fight will take place at a venue to be confirmed in the UK and will most likely be in September or October.

The Newbridge man, now 32 years old, (37-1-1, 18KO) is currently ranked number 4 by the WBA at lightweight. The former WBA light-welterweight belt holder, is like a fighter reborn since stepping down a division and is hitting the peak of his career and as done remarkably well to establish himself at lightweight and go onto get a second world title shot.

He is determined to be a two-weight world champion and is coming off a good win last time out in Sheffield when he stopped Liverpool’s Derry Mathews to claim the Lonsdale belt and retain his European title for a third time.

His potential opponent Abril, 29, (17-3-1, 8KO) was born in Cuba and now resides in Miami Florida. In his last fight he took on world champion Brandon Rios and lost on a very controversial split decision.


Rios’ title was declared vacant before the contest, after he failed to make the required weight, losing his belt on the scales. Although Rios got the verdict on the final judges card, the title was not on the line for him. But a couple of days after the fight, the WBA officially announced that Abril would be allowed to keep his interim lightweight title, despite the controversial loss to the champion Rios who was two pounds over the weight limit.