CARDIFF, Wales -- Gavin Rees won the WBA light-welterweight
title from Souleymane M'Baye by unanimous decision before fellow
Welshman Enzo Maccarinelli retained his WBO cruiserweight belt on
Maccarinelli defeated U.S-based Guyanese fighter Wayne
Braithwaite in a unanimous decision at Cardiff International Arena
in the third defense of his title.
M'Baye lost his second defense on judges scoring of 118-110,
117-112 and 117-113.
Rees took the initiative from the first bell and was briefly
troubled only in the fourth and fifth rounds.
"From the first bell, I outpunched him every round," Rees
said. "I started to tire towards the end but I had won the first
eight rounds. I knew I had already won the fight so I knew to keep
"No one expected me to beat him, no one at all."
Rees shares the same trainer as Maccarinelli -- Enzo Calzaghe,
father of WBO super middleweight champion Joe Calzaghe, another
Welshman who is based at the same Cardiff gym and watched
Rees improved to 27-0 (13 KOs). His career nearly ended when he
was given a yearlong boxing ban for punching a funeral mourner in
M'Baye claimed the vacant title with a fourth-round TKO of Raul
Horacio Balbi in September, and drew his first defense against
Andreas Kotelnik in March.
Maccarinelli's patient approach and solid hitting gave him
judges scores of 118-109, 120-107 and 119-108 against Braithwaite.
He floored Braithwaite in the fifth round and a hook shot sent
Braithwaite's mouthguard flying. Braithwaite caught Maccarinelli
with left hooks that left swelling around the champion's eyes.
Maccarinelli (27-1 20 KOs) inherited the belt after Johnny
Nelson retired last year.
"It was a tough match against a WBC world champion,"
Maccarinelli said. "He took some great shots, I dominated with the
jab. I neglected the right hand a bit, I hurt it early on but the
jab kept me in it.
"I could throw it but it was painful every time I threw it.
He's a tough man, he took some great shots. I showed I could take a
shot on the chin, I showed I can box, I showed that I have great
stamina. It was a good performance."
Alex Arthur stopped Georgia's Kobo Gogoladze to claim the WBO
interim world superfeatherweight title. The Scottish fighter
floored Gogoladze three times before the referee called a halt, two
minutes, 48 seconds into the 10th round.
Arthur has 25 wins and one defeat.