News February 2008

12.02.08 Khan offered Ree's fight

Rees, the unbeaten 27-year-old who hails from the same stable as super-middleweight world No 1 Joe Calzaghe, insisted he is prepared to risk his standing to shatter Khan's dreams of world domination. .

Khan has consistently reiterated his ambition of becoming a world champion this summer and match the feats of his ring hero, Naseem Hamed. If Khan wins a version of the world title by July 24, he will beat the record held by Hamed, who became WBO featherweight champ aged 21 years 230 days on Sept. 30, 1995.

However, if that contest is to be made, Rees will first have to complete a defence of the WBA light-welterweight title against Andreas Kotelnik at the Cardiff International Arena on March 22.

"Kotelnik is a world class operator, and I know that I'll have to be at my best against him to retain my title," said Rees, undefeated in 27 fights.

"But when I've dealt with him I'll turn my attention to Khan. I read the other week that he wants to step up to light-welterweight - and I'll be there waiting for him when he does.”

Khan said last week that he would like to challenge Ricky Hatton and Junior Witter, both world champions at light-welterweight, in the future.

Enzo Calzaghe, who trains Rees at his Newbridge gym and has just been installed as Ring Magazine's number one trainer, also fancies the fight against Khan.

"It would be the easiest night of Gavin's life," said Calzaghe Snr.

"He'll wipe the floor with him. I'd have no hesitation in letting Amir Khan fight my man." Mandatory challenger Kotelink, 30, is one of the best light-welterweights in the world, who has lost twice in 31 fights. He has never been stopped.

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