By 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
By 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
By 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
(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
(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
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
February 15, 2013 – Mexico City.
From the office of WBC President Dr. José Sulaimán:
WBC Lightweight World Championship
Boardwalk Hall – Atlantic City, New Jersey
February 16, 2013 Continue reading
Broner vs. Rees, a 12-round fight for Broner’s WBC Lightweight World Championship will take place Saturday, February 16 at Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City, New Jersey. The event is promoted by Golden Boy Promotions, R & R Promotions, sponsored by Caesars Atlantic City and Corona and will be televised live on HBO World Championship Boxing beginning at 10:30 p.m. ET/PT. Continue reading
ADRIEN BRONER, WBC Lightweight World Champion
“It’s not a gimmick. It’s not fake. It’s not a game. I don’t put on a show for the cameras. You might take it as an act, but this is just me.
“Antonio DeMarco is a hell of a guy. He has a nice spirit. When we fought, there wasn’t any trash talking. This guy [Rees] comes in talking trash. People think that I’m playing [games], but I’m serious. I don’t know Gavin. I don’t even know his name. I don’t know if he’s playing. I just know I’m not.
“I don’t know this guy’s name, but he can probably tell you my middle name.
“I motivate myself. It doesn’t matter if I’m by myself or if there are 100 people around. I’m going to train my heart out. Continue reading
Adrien Broner, WBC Lightweight World Champion
“What can I say? I’m 23 [years old]. I’m young and I’m getting it.
“I don’t underestimate him [Rees]. If we stood face-to-face, I probably couldn’t see him, but I respect him as a fighter.
“I respect every fighter because only a boxer knows what we go through once we get into that ring.
“Training camp was great. We don’t watch tape. I’ve never seen him [Rees] fight before. Continue reading