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Rees is trying to dodge me rages Gethin.

Byline: BOXING By Brian Halford

IBF INTERNATIONAL lightweight champion Martin Gethin has accused Gavin Rees of "running scared".

The 28-year-old, who defeated Carl Johanneson to claim his title last month, is the No.1 contender to Rees' British lightweight crown after the British Boxing Board of Control put him forward as the Welshman's next opponent.

The fight has been put out for purse bids, which are due to be received by November 17, but Rees' promoter, Eddie Hearn, has announced they are in advanced talks with John Murray to be his next opponent. An angry Gethin is convinced Rees is trying to dodge him.

"It seems like he's running scared," Gethin said.

"I'm the mandatory fight for Rees. I beat Carl Johanneson in style and am on a winning streak.

"This is what I've been working towards and the British Boxing Board of Control have made me the mandatory contender for a crack at the title.

"Purse bids have been called. I've been busy keeping myself ticking over waiting for the fight to come through. Then I hear that Rees' camp are in talks with John Murray. It's disrespectful to me."

Hearn didn't stipulate that the mooted Rees-Murray clash would be for the British belt and, now that the BBBoC have put Rees-Gethin out to purse bids, that fight is binding unless the Challenger agrees to step aside or the Champion relinquishes his belt to take a different contest.

One thing is certain, Gethin is in no mood to step aside and allow Rees to make a voluntary defence.

"I'm the No.1 challenger for the belt," added the Walsall fighter. "I know I've got what it takes to beat Rees and get the British title. I like John Murray but, no disrespect, he's been stopped in his last two fights. He's held the British (title) before, so it's time for him to step aside. Not me.

"I've seen a lot of Rees and he doesn't like opponents who press up on him. He knows that's what I'm about and I don't think he fancies getting in the ring with me. He knows I'm dangerous.

"He's trying to swerve me but he can't. I'm after him. This is my time."
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Date:Oct 25, 2012
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