Date: 2nd February 2014 at 11:11am
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At the Cardiff Motorpoint Arena, on Saturday night, fight fans were treated to a real humdinger between Gavin Rees and Gary Buckland.

Although we?re only in the early stages of February, we already have a contender for fight of the year.

Billed as a final eliminator for the British lightweight title, Rees and Buckland both gave their all in what was, at times, a brutal fight.

At the sound of the final bell, you could have made a case for either fighter to be given the verdict and the tension in the air was electric as the verdict was waiting to be announced.

As it turned out it was to be a split decision with Buckland given the verdict by scores of:-

? 116-113

113-116

115-114

Whilst Buckland can now contemplate moving on to fight for the British title, it?s unsure what fate awaits Rees.

At 33 years of age, the former WBA lightweight champion had hinted, prior to the fight, he?d retire if beaten and afterwards he added fuel to that particular fire by remarking,

‘I’ll have to go home and see what I’m doing first with my career.?

‘I’ve lost three in a row now and I’m nearly 34, so I’ll have to see what’s happening with that first, have a little rest with my family and see what’s happening then.’


If last night was the last time we?ll see Gavin Rees in a ring, it?ll be remembered as a clash which showed just how much he was prepared to give to a sport he loved, everything!