Darren Barker and Gavin Rees return in December

British duo Darren Barker and Gavin Rees are confirmed to return to the ring on a Matchroom Sport bill at the London Olympia in December.

Darren Barker and Gavin Rees will both return to the ring on Matchroom Sport's 'Christmas Cracker' show at the London Olympia on Saturday, December 8.

Barker has endured a frustrating year through injury and has yet to fight in 2012 after being forced out of a headline appearance at Alexandra Palace in September, suffering arm damage in sparring.

Rees has enjoyed a more productive 12 months, adding the British lightweight title to his European crown.

'The Rock' will defend his belts on a bill featuring a welterweight clash between Lee Purdy and Carson Jones, who gave Kell Brook the toughest test of his career last time out.

Matchroom promoter Eddie Hearn thinks that the show could prove to be one of the most exciting of 2012.

He said: "This is our Christmas present to fight fans that come to the shows and watch live on Sky Sports.

"We've put together a fantastic card for the Olympia, with Purdy's clash with Jones bound to be a corker, Rees in with a top class domestic foe, Barker returning with a tough test and a whole host of young talent eager to impress.

"Our last night of 2012 promises to be one not to miss."

Domestic prospects Erick Ochieng, John Ryder, Chris Evangelou and Danny Connor will also feature on the capital bill.

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