By Alexey Sukachev
Gavin Rees (31-1, 14 KOs), the pride of Newbridge, Wales, did what the prohibitive favorite should do by winning the Prizefighter tournament at 140lb moments ago at Olimpia, London, UK. The former WBA world champion got his name back into contention with the string of three quality wins, the last one being a hard-fought decision over Colin Lynes (33-7, 12 KOs). Lynes was arguably better in the first one, tagging the stocky swarmer with his counterpunching. Rees applied more pressure and rocked Lynes several times in the second. The third round was almost even with neither boxer scoring something really strong. At the end, however, scores were 30-27 and 29-28 (twice) – for the Welshman. The last score was exactly that of the Fightnews.
In an interesting second semifinal, Colin Lynes (33-6, 12 KOs) scored an important, yet rather dubious knockdown over Young Mutley (27-5, 13 KOs) in the third to acquire a split decision with the scores 30-27 (twice) and 28-29 over his foe. The fight was even, however, but was scored 29-28 by Fightnews, based on the late decking of Mutley. The final is yet coming.
Gavin Rees (now 30-1, 14 KOs) advanced to the finals of junior welterweight Prizefighter with a dominant win over fellow Welshman Jason Cook (26-3, 13 KOs). Rees controlled the rhythm of the fight and dropped Cook with a nice left hook in the second. 34-year old veteran had some success late on but it was indeed ‘too late’. Scores were 29-26, 29-27 (Same with the Fightnews) and 29-28 – for Rees.
In a hard-fought but not so exciting three-rounder, Colin Lynes (32-6, 12 KOs) scored a thin split decision over David Barnes (24-2-1, 11 KOs). Both fighters did little boxing but more grumping and clinching. Scores were 29-28 – twice for Lynes and once – for Barnes.
Another Welshman Barrie Jones (16-4, 7 KOs) failed to advance furhter after a loss to Young Mutley (27-4, 13 KOs) over three. Mutley took the first two rounds with his precision and he also wasn’t credited a legitimate knockdown in the first. In the third, Jones tried to turn back the tide but it was too late. All three judges had it unanimously 30-27 and 29-28 – for Young Mutley. Fightnews had it 29-28 for him as well.
Former world champion Gavin Rees (29-1, 14 KOs) advanced into the semifinal with a quality win over Ted Bami (26-6, 13 KOs) in the second quarterfinal. All three scores were 30-27 – for the light- but busypunching Welshman, who got the better of Bami with his activity. Fightnews saw it 29-28 – also for Rees.