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Prospect Lewis Rees on taking the next step in his career

Welsh boxing is entering a golden period, in its history. A country with a population just under three million is experiencing a boom, in boxing, with shows in South Wales featuring a host of talent.

Top of the tree is WBO light heavyweight champion Nathan Cleverly and on August 17th, in Cardiff he will be defending his title against the highly regarded and dangerous Sergey Kovalev, of Russia. Fans for that fight will be treated to a host of Welsh talent, on the undercard, including Gary Buckland (27-2), Liam Williams (7-0), Craig Evans (9-0) and Lewis Rees (7-0).

Lewis Rees is challenging for the vacant BBBofC Celtic welterweight title against Stephen Haughian, of Lurgan, Northern Ireland. The Irishman held the national title, in 2009, while Rees is the current Welsh champion, at welterweight.

28-year old Haughian is the more experienced, of the two, and has compiled a record of 21-3, 8 KOs while 23-year old Rees is unbeaten in seven contests, with five coming early.

The welsh prospect is trained, and managed, by Gary Lockett and trains out of the Universal Gym, in Cardiff. I caught-up with Lewis to get his thoughts on the upcoming fight.

Ringnews24.com: You’ve stopped some decent opposition, but what has been your hardest fight to date and Why?

Yeah, I suppose I stopped a few. The toughest fight, I’ve been in, as a professional was against Tony Pace. Not for his ability because I’ve fought better, but his sheer toughness. I caught him clean in the first round and continued to catch him over and over again. I thought the fight was going to be stopped in the first but he survived. I used pretty much all my energy in that one round and had to slow myself down to go the distance instead. That was hard!

Ringnews24.com: Your next fight is ten rounds, what changes to training have you made, as you’re moving from six to ten rounds?

This is the second time I’ve been scheduled for ten rounds but the furthest I’ve gone is six. So, I’ve had to put the work in, in the gym, with the sparring and on the roads.

Ringnews24.com:  Stephen Haughian, seems to lack power, but has twenty one fights under his belt. He has only lost three and never been stopped. Do you see yourself stopping him or going the distance?

I’ve seen clips of Stephen Haughian and I think he looks very fit and durable. I do think this fight will go the distance.

Ringnews24.com: You’ve both won national titles, at the weight, so do you see this as a close contest?

I tend to doubt myself a lot. I do see this fight being close. I see myself winning it but then again I was thinking the same before I boxed Findlay. I put him away in 2 rounds which I didn’t expect so I guess anything can happen. One shot can change everything.

Ringnews24.com: You will be fighting in front of a big crowd. Are you used to that?

I have fought in front of big crowds before. To me it doesn’t matter if there are a hundred people or ten thousand people watching. There are two fighters in the ring and I blank out the rest.

Ringnews24.com: You’re on the undercard of Nathan Cleverly vs Sergey Kovalev, on August 17th. A dangerous fight, for the champion, Cleverly. How do you think that will end?

Nathan’s fight is very interesting. I think Kovalev is very dangerous and hungry to win but I think the sheer fitness, of Nathan, will show and he’ll win on points, in my opinion.

Ringnews24.com: What is your prediction for your fight?

My prediction for my fight is a hard fought win on points.

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The fight/show will be televised live and exclusive in the UK on BoxNation (Sky Ch. 437/Virgin Ch. 546) and HBO will broadcast across America.

Remaining tickets, priced at £40, £50, £70, £100 & £150 are available from:

Cardiff Motorpoint Arena Box Office

02920 224 488

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Eventim

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