Adrien Broner stops Gavin Rees in the fifth round
Adrien Broner overcame adversity as he faced Gavin Rees who surprisingly came in looking impressive for the first round of the fight at least.
Even with a great game plan by team Rees, Broner was able to adjust and in the third round and began there began to find his desirable range from where he could land punches more often and accurately.
As they headed into the fourth round, Rees was still confident, but Broner’s superior speed and boxing ability was starting to clearly show. With huge uppercuts and straight lead rights, Broner was now in complete control of the fight and having fun doing so.
In the fourth round, Broner started to put a final mark on the fight by dropping Rees with a quick right uppercut. Rees got up from the punch and survived the round but his confident was clearly a lot lower now. As Rees sat at the stool heading into the fifth, his trainer thought about stopping the fight but the big hearted Rees demanded he didn’t.
As the fifth round began, Broner’s demeanor and confident was sky high and rightfully so. Still, Rees came out strong once again swinging and determined to stay in the fight, Broner had other plans in mind.
Finally in the fifth, Broner pressed the fight even further and Rees started to demolish. At the 2:59 mark of the round, Ree’s trainer had seen enough and threw in the towel to save his fighter from further punishment.
In the end, the performance by Broner was impressive, especially the fact that he overcame the adversity that Rees presented in the first two round. For most young up and coming fighters, the ability to overcome adversity is something that most of the lack. Fortunately for Broner, he’s no ordinary talent, he’s a superb one and continues to show it every time he steps under the HBO spotlight.
When asked what was next for him, Broner simply said, "I'm still the can-man, anybody can get it." Lets hope so.
Rees goes under at the Boardwalk
BRAVE Gavin Rees was dismantled by Adrien Broner as the cocky American retained his WBC title.
By GAVIN GLICKSMAN
Rees, 32, gave his all attempting to rip the world lightweight crown from Broner’s grasp at the iconic Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City.
TOE-TO-TOE ... but Adrien Broner, left, came out on top against Gavin Rees in Atlantic City
But the Welshman was floored twice before trainer Gary Lockett threw in the towel in round five to save his man from more punishment.
Broner, who showed a total lack of respect in the build-up to the fight, finally sent some praise his opponent’s way after stretching his unbeaten run to 26 fights.
The 23-year-old said: “I knew coming into the bout he was going to come to fight. I had to see how much gas was in that little Toyota he was pushing.
“It’s all about levels. If they go up one, I’ll go up two. I’m sorry I didn’t give my fans much to see.
“I love to have fun and I love to entertain.
“It was two world-class fighters fighting and we put on a great show. He’s tough as steak that’s been cooked too long.
“Man, I landed the uppercut and down he went! I could tell he was underwater – look at the body shot.
“But my best shot is when somebody takes a picture of me! Go on, take that picture!”
Rees arguably won the first two rounds courtesy of a spirited workrate as he took the fight to the champ.
Broner gradually began to pick him off, countering with a vicious left hook.
But the partisan crowd warmed to the challenger and he continued to march forward before getting pinned on the ropes at the end of round three.
Broner continued to display his power in the fourth, flooring Rees with a right uppercut.
It was a heavy knockdown but Rees was quickly back to his feet and he managed to make it to the bell despite a vicious flurry.
Broner remained untroubled, with a stinging body shot putting Rees down again in the next session.
The title-holder stepped on the gas and it came as no surprise when Lockett took evasive action with just a second of the round remaining.
A disappointed Rees said: “I made a lot of mistakes. My skill set is a lot better than that.
“Fair play, for a lightweight he hits very hard. He caught me and that was the end of it.
“I’m a warrior, I’m always going to get back up. I’d have carried on but I knew the game was done.
“He’s the best I’ve been in with and is a world champion for a reason. I’ve never been dealt with like that before.”
With Rees out of the way, Broner is keen to face WBO boss Ricky Burns in a unification clash.
And he wasted little time in throwing down the gauntlet to Burns and his promoter Frank Warren.
Broner, who had earlier claimed he had never heard of the Scot, said: “Speaking of Ricky Burns – he’ll get burned up. I just want to fight him.
“I’ll step up in weight if the Burns fight doesn’t happen next.”
Brave Rees loses battle to classy Broner as American star wins inside five rounds
By Jeff Powell
Gavin Rees was never anything less than heroic here in the fabled Atlantic City Boardwalk Hall last night, but courage was never going to be enough to wrench the WBC world lightweight title from the grasp of Adrien Broner.
Crushing: Adrien Broner lands a right hand on his way to beating Gavin Rees in Atlantic City
But he did enough to raise question marks about the American's presumption of being the new Floyd Mayweather.
On the up: Broner recovered from a shaky start to impress himself on the challenger from Wales
The extra poundage looked to have settled a little more heavily on the significantly shorter Rees. Broner, by contrast, simply looked just as muscular as usual, but even bigger.
Just champion: Broner retained his WBC world lightweight title by beating Rees in Atlantic City
Broner seemed to have listened, the first round was a wake-up call and he had Rees in trouble early in the second.
Two big rights had Rees staggering slightly and more followed. The flashy American was premature in assuming it was going to be easy from then on but although Rees rallied in the final minute, he lost the round.
Rees is renowned for the granite chin from which he takes his nickname The Rock, and he proved it by taking a couple more heavy shots in the third but he hadn't come only to survive and his flurries of crisp punches seemed to confuse Broner momentarily.
The American then set himself.
Over and out: Broner celebrates as the referee stops the fight after Rees' corner threw in the towel
Rees was the busier fighter but Broner the more dangerous and midway through the fourth, the Cincinnati kid landed his trademark right uppercut to dump the challenger on the seat of his shorts.
Loading up: Broner slowly but surely began to hurt Rees with his superior strength and power
A furious exchange followed, with Rees giving Broner a harder fight than clearly he had expected. But when he went down again from a left to the body, the referee overruled his appeal for a low blow and administered another eight-count.
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