Rees: I’m going to beat Broner and become two-time World champion
By Scott Gilfoid: Former WBA World light welterweight and British and EBU lightweight champion Gavin Rees (37-1-1, 18 KO’s) has been selected by the promoters for WBC lightweight champion Adrien Broner (25-0, 21 KO’s) to be his next opponent on February 16th at Atlantic City, New Jersey.
Rees doesn’t seem to realize that he’s pretty much been selected only to get the British public primed for a much, much bigger fight between Broner and WBO lightweight champion Ricky Burns in 2013. Rees actually thinks he has a chance in this fight, and boy is he going to be in for a rude awakening when the bell sounds in the 1st round and he starts to take a terrible beating by Broner.
The 32-year-old Rees said on his twitter page “Massive fight for me and time for me to become two-weight world champion.”
I’m sorry but Rees you’re not going to going to be winning a second world title on February 16th. You’re going to take a royal pounding, put on the canvas, and taken out of the ring in pieces all in that order. You don’t stand chance in this fight, and it’s not just because you’re 32 and starting to get up there in age.
It’s because you don’t have the talent and frankly, you never did to beat a guy like Broner. There are levels in boxing and you’re level unfortunately is well below Broner.
I hate to see fighters going backwards in their career because you like to see them constantly moving forward against increasingly better opposition each time out, but I see this fight as a big step backwards for Broner from his fights against Antonio DeMarco, Jason Litzau, Eloy Perez, Vincente Escobedo and Daniel Ponce De Leon. Indeed, I see all of those fighters trouncing Rees no problem.
What’s sad is Broner is taking this mismatch just to get the British public excited about a Broner-Burns fight in 2013, but the problem is I don’t see that fight being able to get made next year. At the end of the day, I see Burns pricing himself out of the fight by asking for more money than he’s ever received before and Golden Boy Promotions, the promoters for Broner, saying ‘Forget it,’ and then walking away. As such, Broner will have wasted this title defense against Rees when he could have spent it facing someone good like Wilfredo Vazquez, the IBF lightweight champion.