SAN DIEGO – February 16, 2013 – To the surprise of no one, Adrien “The Problem” Broner had no problem whatsoever with Welshman Gavin Rees, winning with a knockout at 2:59 of round 5 of their junior welterweight bout Saturday at Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City in front of 4,817 spectators.
Broner and Rees put on a decent show. Rees came out strong and won the first few rounds, but Broner is known for being a slow starter. Broner started landing effective body shots, including a flurry that put Rees to the canvas in round 4. Rees’ trainer Lockett asked his fighter, who had never been stopped before, whether to throw in the towel. Rees came out for round five, and Broner had his way with him.
Rees gave it his best and made it entertaining for a time, but he simply wasn’t up to the test despite his record. His attitude and bravery took Rees as far as they could, but he was simply outmatched on every level.
Rees landed 88 punches, but Broner landed 149 punches, 112 of those to the head, and the remainer being wicked body shots.
After the bout, Broner told HBO’s Max Kellerman “I’m not doing an interview without getting my hair brushed.” He called Rees a world class fighter, and then apologized because he didn’t give everyone who came out much to see. “I love fun, I love entertainment… I’m fresh, I’m fly, I’m flashy. If they didn’t stop the fight, he (Rees) was going to go to sleep anyway.
Broner said he would fight whoever was put in front of him. Next up is likely to be another UK fighter, Ricky Burns of Scotland. Rees stepped in when Scotland’s Ricky Burns asked for too big a payday to fight Broner. Burns is set to fight Miguel Vasquez on March 16, and the winner will face Broner, likely to be Burns at 135 pounds. Once this fight is out of the way, Broner can move up to 140 pounds where real opponents and a bigger payday awaits him.
The fight the boxing world wants to see is Broner and Brandon Rios. Rios will have a rematch with Mike Alvarado on March 30. It will be hard for this fight to live up to the first bout, which would have been the 2012 Fight of the Year if not for Pacquiao-Marquez IV. We can hope to see Broner vs. Rios on on the calendar in the fall sometime. This will show the world what Broner is really all about.
In the televised undercard fight, Australian Sakio Bika won a cakewalk unanimous decision against Nikola Sjekloca of Montenegro in a super welterweight title elimination fight. Bika (31-5-2, 21 KOs) is now set up to face pound for pound powerhouse Andre Ward, who has already beat Bika once. Has Bika improved his skills enough to make a better showing against Ward this time? Probably so, but losing with less of a beat down is still a loss. Yawn.
Former 2012 U.S. Olympic Team members Rau’Shee Warren and Jamel Herring both scored knockout wins in their bouts.
Edner Cherry also bagged a knockout in an exciting fight against Vicente Escobedo. Demetrius Hopkins notched a sixth round TKO win over Charles Whitaker, stopped when Whitaker said he could no longer see.
Gayle Lynn Falkenthal, APR, is President/Owner of the Falcon Valley Group in San Diego, California. She is also a serious boxing fan covering the Sweet Science for Communities. Read more Ringside Seat in the Communities at The Washington Times. Follow Gayle on Facebook and on Twitter @PRProSanDiego. Gayle can be reached via Google +
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