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Rees gets world title chance

Welshman Gavin Rees will fight Adrien Broner for the WBC lightweight title at Atlantic City's Boardwalk Hall on February 16.

The Welshman (37-1-1, 18 KOs) is unbeaten in his 11 fights since the only loss of his career against Andriy Kotelnik in 2008.

Rees relinquished his European and British lightweight belts to take on this test and will be the underdog to beat one of America's hottest prospects.

But the 32-year-old former light-welterweight world champion said: "I didn't think twice about taking this fight.

"Broner is a fantastic boxer and a huge talent, but I am confident I can upset the odds on February 16 and become a two-division world champion.

"I've got the edge when it comes to experience and under my trainer Gary Lockett, I have a new lease of life. I believe that besides (Antonio) DeMarco, I am the toughest opponent he's faced and I think I will cause him plenty of trouble, especially if he underestimates what I can do.

"This is a massive opportunity for me and it would be a dream come true to do it in the United States. I am going to be putting it all on the line to make my dream a reality."

Broner (25-0, 21 KOs) captured the belt with an eighth-round stoppage of DeMarco in November and is planning on extending his five-fight knockout streak against Rees.

The 23-year-old said: "Atlantic City here we come again and it will be great to have my first fight of 2013 in the same ring and place as my last fight of 2012.

"I see the outcome of this fight against Rees being similar to my last fight as I plan to knock him out in too. I am a two-time world champion now, feel great at this weight and can't wait to show the world why I am the best boxing has to offer. A new year, a new era and it starts on February 16."