Gavin Rees admits defeat this weekend would spell the end of his career
Last Updated: 28/01/14 2:37pm
Gavin Rees: Defeat could mean the end (Pic Rich Kane - Hoganphotos/Golden Boy Promotions)
Gavin Rees hopes victory over Gary Buckland will put him back in the big time - but knows defeat will spell the end.
The former light-welterweight champion was beaten by Adrien Broner last year in a tilt at the WBC lightweight belt.
However, the 33-year-old failed to bounce back with a win against Anthony Crolla, losing narrowly on points to the Manchester brawler.
An arm injury then ruled him out of a third fight before Christmas, and Rees is looking to put his problems behind him when he takes on Buckland in a must-win clash in Cardiff.
"If I lose to Gary I think that would be the end of the road for my career," said Rees. "It's all on the line for me, if I lose its curtains.
"2013 was the worst of my career. Two fights, two losses and some injuries, things can only get better this year.
"I want to start off with a good win against Gary, who is a really talented fighter that likes to come forward just like I do, so it promises to be a really good fight for the fans. We've sparred lots of rounds and if that's anything to go on, it'll be a great fight.
"I've been on the road for the last few years so it's great to be back in Wales and on a big show.
"I love fighting, I've been doing it for 20 years and with a good win on February 1, I think I'll be right back in the mix with some of the great boxers in the lightweight division in Britain."
Boxing is back in Cardiff as Saturday Fight Night returns to Sky Sports for the first time in 2014, with the show headed by Lee Selby vs Rendall Munroe for the European and British featherweight titles.
Olympic Gold medal hero Anthony Joshua MBE fights for the fourth time in the paid ranks against Aberdare's Dorian Darch while Jason Cook meets Tony Pace for the Welsh Area light-welterweight title.