ATLANTIC 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.
In the fourth round things took a change when Broner, using his superior hand speed, knocked Rees down with a right uppercut that laid him down on his back. Rees would rise to beat the referee’s count but couldn’t make it past the next round when Broner hit him with a perfectly placed left uppercut to the body. Remaining game, Rees rose again but the onslaught ensued and Broner overwhelmed Rees until his corner mercilessly stopped the fight.
Broner, 23, remained undefeated with the victory at 26-0 (22 KOs) and keeps his WBC title. Rees, a former world champion himself, dropped to 37-2-1 (18 KOs).
On the undercard, Cincinnati’s three-time U.S. Olympian Rau’shee Warren defeated Richard Hernandez of Lockhart, Texas, by technical knockout in the second round. Warren, 26, scored two knockdowns prior to the bantamweight division fight being stopped. The win was the third of his young pro career and the first knockout.
Lightweight Robert Easter ended his four-round fight early as well knocking out Puerto Rico’s José Valderrama in the first round. Easter, 22, originally from Toledo, Ohio, now trains out of Cincinnati under Mike Stafford. Easter’s pro record is now 3-0 (3 KOs).
Robert Easter (L) vs. Jose Valderrama
Junior welterweight Jamel Herring – who, like Broner, Warren, and Easter, trains under Stafford – was impressive in his own right as he started the night off with a third round technical knockout win over Carlos Lopez of Puerto Rico. Herring, 27, is a former U.S. Marine who represented the U.S. on the 2012 London Olympics. Herring, a Coram, N.Y., native now living in Cincinnati, is 2-0 (1KO).
All four fighters are not only training under Mike Stafford, but form a highly talented group of boxers being represented by local promoter Andrew Williams of R&R Promotions in association with Golden Boy Promotions.