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Broner vs. Rees

Broner defeats Rees

broner001ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. (Feb. 18, 2013) – Cincinnati’s WBC Lightweight champion Adrien “The Problem” Broner made quick work of British challenger Gavin Rees Saturday, knocking him down twice en-route to a fifth round stoppage. The scheduled 12-round championship fight, at the famed Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City ended when Rees’ corner saw its fighter was overmatched and taking too much punishment.

The affair started slowly as Broner was patient and took his time to study Rees – who was doing his best to make the champion work. It was in the third round when the showman came out of Broner, and he began having some fun in the ring. Feeling confident, he stunned Rees with a big right hand that he never saw coming. The 32-year-old Welshman remained persistent however, and continued to come forward relentlessly. Continue reading

Photo Gallery: Broner vs Rees, Bika vs Sjekloca

Adrien Broner stopped Gavin Rees in the fifth round to retain his World Boxing Council lightweight world crown. Brpner improved to 26-0 with his 22nd stoppage inside the distance.

On the undercard, Sakio Bika domiated Nikola Sjekloca to win a unanimous decision to become the mandatory challenger for unbeaten WBC super-middleweight champion Andre Ward.

Sakio Bika won by judges’ scores of 118-112, 119-109 and 120-108, he improved his record to 31-5 with two draws. Continue reading

Adrien Broner bullies his way to 5th Rd TKO of Gavin Rees

by Paul Strauss:: Saturday night at the Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City, N.J. Adrien “The Problem” Broner 26-0-0 (22 KOs) surprised no one by scoring a punishing win over the much smaller and out-gunned Gavin Rees 37-2-1 (18 KOs). Not many people gave Rees the proverbial “snowball’s chance in hell”. In fact, HBO’s Max Kellerman stated Rees was an 80 to 1 underdog. To Rees’ credit, though, he tried like hell to make a fight of it, but he just did not have the size, necessary skill or power to be a serious threat to Broner. Initially, Rees made a pest out of himself by shrinking his already short 5’4″ stature to about 3’6″, trying to get under Broner’s shots, so he could get close enough to land some of his own. He managed to get through with some pretty good left hooks to the body. He tried to follow those with clubbing rights to the side and top of Broner’s head, but the angle, due to Broner’s shoulder roll, proved to be a difficult one. Rees just couldn’t get any zip on those shots. Despite that, the referee warned him about the location of his punches?

The only redeeming factor in the bout was Rees’ display of heart and courage. Even though he was totally outsized and outclassed, he fought on hoping for a miracle. It was not to be. Broner did as expected. He started slowly, timing Rees, waiting for his countering opportunities. Early on Rees was able to block Broner’s check hooks, but before too long a couple got across. Those hard shots immediately made Rees less mobile. All of a sudden, his head became more stationary, and although he was bent over, his body was there to be hit as well. Continue reading

Adrien Broner vs Gavin Rees: Post Fight Quotes

ADRIEN BRONER, WBC Lightweight World Champion

“I knew he [Rees] was going to come to fight. He’s a world-class fighter.

“He [Rees] kept coming. He threw every shot like it was his best shot. I knew he would hang.

“When you have two world-class fighters going toe-to-toe, it’s going to be a great fight.

“Thanks to everyone who came out. It’s [NBA] All-Star Weekend and you came to see an All-Star.

“He’s [Rees] tougher than a steak that’s been well done.

“If I fought Ricky Burns, he would get burnt out. I want to fight him, but if he doesn’t want to fight me. Oh well.

“There are high expectations for me to take boxing over after [Floyd] Mayweather and [Manny] Pacquiao hang up their gloves.

“Tonight was a nice fight. I have to go back and watch it. Overall I felt pretty. I just looked in the mirror and I still look good.

“I would fight 10 times a year if I could.” Continue reading

Broner destroys Rees; Bika decisions Sjekloca

broner33By Bill Phanco: WBC lightweight champion Adrien Broner (26-0, 22 KO’s) was just too strong for challenger Gavin Rees (37-2-1, 18 KO’s) tonight in beating Rees by a 5th round TKO victory at the Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City, New Jersey. Broner put Rees down twice, and stopped him shortly after dropping him with a left to the body in the 5th. Broner was hammering away on Rees after he got up, and this led to Rees’ trainer Gary Lockett throwing in the towel to stop the punishment.

The knockdown in the 5th came when the two fighters were in close, and Rees seemed to be confused, as if he thought the referee was going to break them because they had stopped punching. Broner used the opportunity to hit Rees with a crunching left to the body that put Rees down on the canvas. Continue reading

Broner moving up to light welterweight if Ricky Burns doesn’t face him

broner4By Jeff Sorby: WBC lightweight champion Adrien Broner (25-0, 21 KO’s) is ready to give up on the 135 lb. division if he can’t get a unification bout with WBO lightweight champion Ricky Burns (35-2, 10 KO’s) in the near future.

Broner, who has what amounts to be as a stay busy title defense tonight against the over-matched 5’4” Gavin Rees (37-1-1, 18 KO’s), wants to face Burns to prove to boxing fans that he’s the best fighter in the division. However, Burns hasn’t been helpful in making the fight, and has twice gone in the other direction when Broner has tried to get him in the ring. Continue reading

Kellerman: Broner is a heavy favorite over Rees because he’s so special

broner432By Bill Phanco: Gavin Rees (37-1-1, 18 KO’s) is coming into his fight tonight against World Boxing Council (WBC) lightweight champion Adrien Broner (25-0, 21 KO’s) as a huge underdog by as much as 80-1. Max Kellerman of HBO believes the reason why Rees is such a huge underdog is because how good Broner rather than how limited Rees is. Kellerman actually sees talent in the 5’4” Rees, but he still thinks he’s out of his class because of who he’s facing tonight.

Kellerman said in an interview with I Film London “He’s [Rees] a good fighter, and the odds, which are absurdly wide over here, as much as 80-1 at some point, is a reflection more of what they think of Broner than what they think of Gavin. People think Broner is a special kind of fighter, and I think the odds reflect that over here…The way Broner beat Antonio DeMarco, it was one of the most thorough beatings you’ll see a top fighter. Continue reading

Enzo Calzaghe not impressed with Broner, compares him to Jeff Lacy

BronerReesNYPC_Hoganphotos(1)(Photo credit: Hogan photos) By Jeff Sorby: Enzo Calzaghe, the former trainer for Gavin Rees (37-1-1, 18 KO’s), is giving him a better than average chance to beat WBC lightweight champion Adrien Broner (25-0, 21 KO’s) tonight in Atlantic City, New Jersey. Calzaghe thinks Rees can win if he fights like he used to years ago when he was at the top of his form.

Interestingly enough, Calzaghe isn’t impressed with what he’s seen of Broner, and he compares him to Jeff Lacy, a fighter his son Joe Calzaghe defeated by a lopsided 12 round unanimous decision seven years ago in 2006. Lacy came into the fight with Joe unbeaten and highly hyped, but Calzaghe easily beat him. Continue reading

Ward: Easy work for Broner tonight against Rees; don’t blink

BronerReesNYPC_Hoganphotos(5)(Photo credit: Hogan photos) By Michael Collins: WBA super middleweight champion Andre Ward doesn’t see WBC lightweight champion Adrien Broner (25-0, 21 KO’s) having any problems in his first defense of his WBC title tonight against former WBA light welterweight champion Gavin Rees (37-1-1, 18 KO’s) on HBO at the Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City, New Jersey. Ward sees this fight ending quickly with Broner stopping the 32-year-old Rees.

Ward said on his twitter “Don’t blink because that fight shouldn’t last long. Easy Work!! Easy!! Like Too Easy!! Not about underestimating…but I can’t help what I see on film.” Continue reading

Weigh-in: Broner-Rees, Bika-Sjekloca

Adrien Broner 134 – Gavin Rees 134.5
Sakio Bika 167.5 – Nikola Sjekloca 167.5
Demetrius Hopkins 152.5 – Charles Whittaker 154
Vicente Escobedo 129.5 – Edner Cherry 129.5
Rau’shee Warren 116.5 – Ricardo Hernandez 115.5 Continue reading