Adrien “The Problem” Broner was a 40 to 1 favorite over a game but in over his head Welshman, Gavin Rees. Rees knowing he had to leave it all in the ring, came with a plan and tried to implement it.
Rees was game, made the fight highly entertaining, but in the end, Broner was too much for Gavin Rees, dropping Rees twice and retaining his 135-pound world title on a fifth-round knockout after Rees trainer threw in the towel.
The 4,812 who were in attendance at Boardwalk Hall were a witness to Broner having to deal with a boxer and a style hell-bent on bringing the fight to Broner, and roughing him up in the process.
Rees, a former junior welterweight title holder from Wales, was a confident fighter who showed grit and determination from the opening bell.
He threw and landed more shots than anyone expected and seemed to get Adrien Broners attention after stealing the first round.
After gaining Broners attention, Adrien seemed more focused in round two, and got busy from that point, using his height advantage, superior boxing skills, and speed to dominate the fight from that point.
Adrien was classy in complimenting a fighter who he disrespected and refused to even pronounce his name correctly before the fight.
Broner was also aware of what he was up against outside of the ring, acknowledging that he wanted to put on the show for the people, considering that it was NBA All Star Weekend in Houston.
Broner landed 48% of his total punches, and 61% of his power punches, and he displayed some power last night. He landed a devastating right hand that hurt Rees in the second, and then put his full arsenal on display in the third round, when he lit Rees up with an eight punch combination that had the Welshman almost out on the ropes.
In the fourth round, Broner landed the smoothest right uppercut I’ve ever seen, to send Rees to the canvas, flat on his back.
Rees, showed some grit, got up, and Broner landed several hard shots before the round concluded. The fifth round started as the fourth ended with Broner in charge, before he landed a thunderous body shot that dropped Rees to one knee.
Rees made it to his feet, Broner started to land more shots, and Gavin Rees corner threw in the towel, prompting the referee to call off the fight at 2 minutes, 59 seconds.
Gavin Rees was disappointed in the stoppage, by understood why.
“I got reckless in the third and fourth rounds, and that was pretty much the end of it,” Rees said. “I disagree with Gary pulling me out, but he knows I would have boxed on until I was knocked out cold. I was always going to get up. Quitting is not a part of my way of life.”
“I’m disappointed with my performance,” said Rees, who moved down in weight in 2010 and eventually won the European title. “I made a lot of mistakes. I think I have a better skill set than that. I didn’t show it.”
“I tried to pull him out after the fourth round,” Locket said. “But Gavin said, ‘There’s no way I am quitting.’ He’s so tough and so proud. He wouldn’t let me.”
The question now is where does Adrien Broner go from here. He is running out of quality opponents at 135 and the talk of a move up in weight is being discussed.
Broner himself says he’s not ready to move up to Welterweight. One fight being discussed that Broner definitely wants is Ricky Burns of Scotland.
Burns will fight Miguel Vazquez in another unification bout on March 16 in London, and Broner would like to fight him if he wins.
Broner for his part feels Burns is scared of him.
“If I fought Ricky Burns, he would get burned up,” Broner said. “I want to fight him, but if he doesn’t want to fight me, oh well.”
Broner was Burns’ mandatory challenger when Burns held a junior lightweight belt, but he moved up in weight and didn’t fight him. Broner went on to win the vacant title at 135.
Adrien at this point will fight whomever.
“I don’t care what they put in front of me,” Broner said. “I will fight them.”
Adrien Broner is well on his way to becoming the new pound for pound king in boxing, but the question remains, did Gavin Rees present a possible blueprint or formula for defeating Adrien Broner.
Rees who is shorter than Broner tried to be physical, and throw just as many punches as Broner did. Rees also displayed some quickness himself.
Could a fighter with some power, some height, and some speed, who approach Adrien Broner in a physical manner have success down the line?
Only time will tell. For now we know the 23-year-old Adrien Broner is the future of boxing, the new king, and a damn good fighter.