GR must make Welsh boxing history in Dallas.
Gavin Rees will have history against him when he flies to Texas next month to bid for the WBO WBO World Boxing Organization
WBO Western Buddhist Order
WBO World Bamboo Organization (formerly International Bamboo Association)
WBO Won by One (Malibu, California; a cappella group) super-featherweight belt, an opportunity revealed in yesterday's Echo.
The 24-year-old Newbridge fighter's July 15 vacant title showdown in Dallas with another unbeaten youngster, Mike Anchondo, will be the first time a Welshman has tried for a world crown in the States since Colin Jones' WBC WBC white blood cell; see leukocyte.
white blood cell
n stands for white
cell. welterweight defeat by Milton McCrory in Las Vegas in August 1983.
And no Welsh boxer has ever won a world championship on foreign soil. Even Freddie Welsh, who lived in the States, claimed his world lightweight honour in London, although he did defend successfully across the Atlantic.
Beginning with US-based Cardiffian middleweight Tommy West, way back in 1898, it has been a list of gallant failures.
Jones, admittedly, drew his first meeting with McCrory, but Tommy Farr, Dai Dower, Howard Winstone, Johnny Owen and Nicky Piper were all beaten.
'Peerless' Jim Driscoll famously outboxed world feather king Abe Attell in New York New York, state, United States
New York, Middle Atlantic state of the United States. It is bordered by Vermont, Massachusetts, Connecticut, and the Atlantic Ocean (E), New Jersey and Pennsylvania (S), Lakes Erie and Ontario and the Canadian province of in 1909, but those were the days when boxing in that state was officially outlawed and all bouts were regarded as 'No Decision' exhibitions.
If Driscoll had knocked Attell out, he would have been recognised as champion, but, instead, he never was.
Rees will have to go some to end the jinx jinx
1. A person or thing that is believed to bring bad luck.
2. A condition or period of bad luck that appears to have been caused by a specific person or thing.
tr.v. . A 22-year-old Californian, Anchondo, already the WBC Youth champion, has won all 24 fights, stopping 18 of his opponents.
Managed by Joel de la Hoya, whose son, Oscar, will stage the bout through his Golden Boy Promotions, he has friends in high places as well as the crowd support likely to fill the American Airlines Arena
REMEMBER Welsh titles? Those fights, invariably in·var·i·a·ble
Not changing or subject to change; constant.
in·vari·a·bil thrillers, that used to decide the best boys on our patch?
It's a salutary fact that there have been only two such bouts in the past four years, both in the welterweight division.
In 2002 Keith Jones won the vacant belt by stopping Ross McCord in Swansea, and he lost it to Jason Williams, at Aberystwyth, early last year.
But now we could have another on the Joe Calzaghe-Glen Johnson bill at Cardiff International Arena on July 24 - and once more it would be at welterweight, with Williams defending against Newbridge's Bradley Pryce. The Cardiff International Arena is one of the UK's most modern venues, located right in the city centre of Cardiff.
At least, that was the idea.
But - apart from the fact that the whole show is not yet guaranteed, with Johnson now claiming he has an offer to fight Roy Jones Jr, and lawyers on both sides getting involved - it appears that Williams feels he can no longer make 10st 7lb.
Although he was less than three pounds over that when stopped by James Hare at Bridgend in May, the Swansea man seems set to give up the belt to campaign at light-middle.
Promoters Sports Network are now looking for an alternative foe for Pryce.
The obvious choice would be former holder Jones, giving him a high-profile climax to his career with a title shot in his 100th fight.