Andre Ward predicting slaughter for Broner over Rees tonight
By Scott Gilfoid: The talented Andre Ward is predicting an easy victory for WBC lightweight champion Adrien Broner (25-0, 21 KO’s) tonight against his 32-year-old challenger Gavin Rees (37-1-1, 18 KO’s) in Atlantic City. Ward doesn’t have a dog in this hunt; he just sees the 23-year-old Broner has having far too much talent for Rees to be able to handle.
Ward commented on his twitter earlier today “Don’t blink because that fight shouldn’t last long. Easy Work!! Easy!! Like Too Easy!! Not about underestimating…but I can’t help what I see on film.”
It appears Ward studied some of Rees’ fights and then came to the conclusion he has little chance of winning.
There’s really not much that jumps out at you when you look at Rees’ fights in the past five years. Here are the guys that Rees has been fighting since he lost his WBA light welterweight title to Andriy Kotelnik in 2008:
Derry Mathews (twice)
That’s some pretty thin competition if you I do say so. I just wonder who came up with the bright idea for Rees to burn up five valuable years of his career fighting these kinds of guys. You would think that the money would certainly have been a lot better had he stepped it back up against world class opposition after Kotelnik stopped him in 2008. Rees should have continued to fight world class opposition instead of falling backwards with his career.
Rees is going to have problems tonight if he tries to mix it up with Broner because he doesn’t have the power to stand in there with him and get the better of Broner. At the same time, Rees’ lack of arm length and height will prevent him from staying on the outside to box Broner. I mean, Rees is almost going to be forced to come at Broner on the inside to make a war of it because if he lets Broner dominate him from the distance then he’s going to get pounded to mincemeat.