The 33 year-old has now lost his last two bouts following a stoppage defeat to the world-renowned Adrien Broner in February and will now sit down with trainer and manager Gary Lockett to contemplate his future.
“I thought I won the fight by the eleventh round that’s why I eased off,” Rees told Sky Sports. “I jabbed his head off for the first few rounds and then just messed about. What can I say?
“You know I’m 33, but I’ll still feel good in the gym. I will just have go away, watch it back and see how it is.”
Rees was by no means beaten badly by Crolla on the night and gave as good as he got, although another bout at lightweight would be a mistake after the Welshman looked gaunt at the weigh-in and tired late on in the fight.
A few months away from the sport and a step up to 140lbs for one more shot would certainly be the order of the day for Rees as ‘The Rock’ has lost just three times in fifteen years as a pro and can come again at his age.