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Rees takes Euro belt

Former world champion Gavin Rees ground out a points win over unbeaten Andrew Murray to win the vacant European lightweight title in Cardiff tonight.

The stocky Welshman, who briefly held the WBA light-welterweight belt four years ago, is now competing back down in his more natural division and looking to propel himself back onto the global scene.

Murray looked too timid for much of the fight as aggressive Rees, conceding around six inches in height, carried the fight to the Irishman. Rees was holding a comfortable lead but tired dramatically in the second half of the fight. But he had enough left in the tank to get himself to the final bell and ran out a 115-112 (twice) 116-112 winner on the scorecards.

Rees is now 34(16KOs)-1, while Murray falls to 24(12KOs)-1.

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