The Moldovan Dub revealed he was offered the chance to trade leather with the Limerick southpaw by Conlan Boxing.
World title challengers Jamie Conlan and Michael Conlan wanted the fight to take place on a show they had planned for Galway and October 29.
That show has fallen through, after Padraig McCrory, who was set to main event in an EU title fight secured an IBO world title fight in Germany, but Rabei claims he couldn’t accept regardless.
‘Slick Vic’, who has plenty of Irish previous having fought Karl Kelly, Jake Hanney and Mark Morris in his first seven fights, has a potentially career changing chance as he makes his Star Boxing debut on a ‘Rockin’ Fights’ card in Huntington New York in just a couple of weeks.
Rabei, who camped in Moldova for the upcoming clash, felt he needed more lead in time for a fight of the magnitude of Reeves.
However, he was keen to stress he would be open to any domestic challenges around his weight later in the year.
“I was offered a fight with Lee Reeves on the Galway card. but I couldn’t have two big fights in just 3 or 4 weeks,” he tells Irish-boxing.com.
“It just doesn’t make sense! I’m more than happy to fight Lee or anyone else in Ireland anytime. Just not three weeks after an eight round fight.”
Treaty County fighter Reeves won the NABF title last time out and looks primed for a move to the next level. With no fight date confirmed Rabei possibly appealed as it provided the chance to fight at home for the first time and do so in a fight that would have more than captured the attention.
It is one that would excite fans if it were to be on the undercard of Michael Conlan’s return to Belfast in early December. Although if Rabei registers a big win in New York on October 1 it could pave the way for an all-Irish NABF title fight stateside.
It’s also encouraging to see Conlan Boxing continue to try and make interesting domestic matches for their cards. Rumour suggests they offered Connemara’s Thomas O’Toole the chance to appear in a domestic clash in Galway too.