Rees: Broner is too good for Ricky Burns
By Scott Gilfoid: Gavin Rees (37-2, 18 KO’s) took a beating last Saturday night in a 5th round TKO loss to the talented WBC lightweight champion Adrien Broner (26-0, 22 KO’s) in Atlantic City, New Jersey. Now that Rees is out of the way, Broner is targeting another UK fighter, this one WBO lightweight champion Ricky Burns (35-2, 10 KO’s).
Rees has spent time sparing with Burns in the past, and after facing Broner last Saturday night, Rees doesn’t give Burns any chance of beating Broner.
Rees said to espn.co.uk “To be honest, I can’t see Ricky getting close to beating him. It pains me to say this, but Broner’s too good. His hands are so fast that Ricky won’t even see the punches coming. He also hits extremely hard. He has phenomenal power for a lightweight…no one has ever treated me like that in the ring. I’ve sparred with Ricky.”
Well, there it is, folks. Rees has said what I already knew. It’s just not even a fight for Broner, and needed bother facing Burns now because this is enough so that Broner doesn’t need to waste energy.
In reviewing Burns’ win over Michael Katsidis recently, I give Burns no chance of beating Broner. Burns took a real beating by Katsidis two years, and although Burns won the fight by a 12 round decision, it was one of those life and death victories. The judges scored it 117-112, 117-111 and 117-111 for Burns.
In watching the fight again, I had Katsidis winning. Katsidis was really tagging Burns all night long with punch after punch. In contrast, Burns was doing a ton of holding, running, and occasionally throwing rabbit punches. Burns just looked panicked the whole time because Katsidis never let up on him.
I think it was one of Katsidis’ best performances of his career, and the judging for the fight was just terrible. Of course, the fight took place in the UK, and crowd was cheering for anything Burns did in the fight while ignoring the constant punches Katsidis was tagging him with.
I guess we might see Burns actually face Broner because it’s the biggest money fight out there for Burns. It’s going to be a one-sided slaughter, though, because all the shots that Katsidis was able to land on Burns, Broner will as well, and he’ll destroy Burns. It won’t even be close.
At least Rees had power and speed to hold Broner off for a few rounds. Burns doesn’t have any of that going for him, and it’s going to be ugly. The only thing Burns does is he likes to hold a lot, and then let loose all of a sudden to sneak in a shot. That isn’t going to win him the fight, and it’s just going to anger Broner and make him end the fight much quicker.