By Scott Gilfoid: Adrien Broner (26-0, 22 KO’s) says he’s open to fighting Brandon Rios and Yuriorkis Gamboa in the future, but he has conditions for a fight with Gamboa. Broner wants to make sure Gamboa to be tested for performance enhancing drugs to where he’s clean before he’ll agree to fight him. As for Rios, Broner is leaving that fight up to his promoters to make.
Broner said at the post-fight press conference last night “Yuriorkis Gamboa is fighting PEDs [performance enhancing drugs]. I don’t want to hear about Yuriorkis Gamboa. Tell him to go get his piss clean, and then he can come talk to Adrien Broner. Other than that, he’s done. If Brandon Rios wants to fight me, we can fight. I don’t make my fights. I fight whoever they put in front of me.” Read the rest of this entry »
By Scott Gilfoid: WBC lightweight champion Adrien Broner (26-0, 22 KO’s) says he felt like the left hand that he dropped Gavin Rees (37-2-1, 18 KO’s) last night was a shot that went right through the Welsh fighter in the 5th. Broner says he really hit him hard with that body shot, and felt it with his hand.
Broner said “He [Rees] was ready to go in 3 or 4. I went back to my corner and told Mike [Stafford] he has two rounds in him, and my prediction was right always. I felt like I punched right through his back. Don’t you see it? I felt like I punched through his spine. It was a hard shot. The kid was good…he was good.” Read the rest of this entry »
By Scott Gilfoid: Adrien Broner (26-0, 22 KO’s) wants nothing but the best for WBO lightweight champion Ricky Burns for his fight next month against IBF lightweight champion Miguel Vazquez on March 16th at the Wembley Arena in London, England. Broner says he’s really hoping Burns wins that fight so that he can face him in the near future later on this year.
Broner said at the Broner – Gavin Rees post-fight press conference “That’s [a fight against Burns] easy money. We going to wait, we going to see if Ricky Burns wins. I’m pulling for Ricky Burns. I hope he wins. I’m praying that he wins. We’ll see what happens in the fight, and we’ll go from there.” Read the rest of this entry »
By Scott Gilfoid: WBC lightweight champion Adrien Broner’s dad took over the last part of last night’s post fight press conference following Broner’s impressive 5th round TKO win over UK fighter Gavin Rees. Broner’s dad said he doesn’t see any point in Broner trying to get a unification bout against IBF lightweight champion Ricky Burns because he feels Burns will run from the fight and choose to either vacate or go off in another direction.
Here’s some of what Broner’s dad had to say:
“All y’all worried about Ricky Burns. He’s nobody. Give us somebody that wants to fight. He’s scared. We tried to fight him at 130, [but] he ran from us, just gave us the belt. We tried him at 135. He ran from us again. Read the rest of this entry »
By Scott Gilfoid: Gary Lockett, the trainer for the beaten Gavin Rees (37-2-1, 18 KO’s), says he was thinking about throwing in the white towel of surrender in the 3rd round when Rees was getting drilled by WBC lightweight champion Adrien Broner (26-0, 22 KO’s) late in the round while trapped against the ropes.
Lockett said “I was going to pull him [Rees] out in the fourth. I considered pulling him out after the third.”
In hindsight, I don’t think anyone would have made much of a squabble if Lockett had pulled the plug on Rees after the 3rd because he looked like a little 5’4” punching bag in that round, and I saw enough in the last 20 seconds of that round to know that nothing good could come of leaving Rees in there from that point. Read the rest of this entry »
By Scott Gilfoid: Last night, Gavin Rees (37-2-1, 18 KO’s) was blown apart by WBC lightweight champion Adrien Broner (26-0, 22 KO’s) in a two knockdown, 5th round TKO loss in Atlantic City, New Jersey. Other than a few shots here and there landed by Rees in the first couple of rounds when Broner was just playing around, it was totally one-sided.
In the build-up to the fight, Rees’ promoter Eddie Hearn had said that even if Rees loses the fight, HBO would likely be so impressed with his performance that they would possibly invite him back. I didn’t see that scenario happening, and after watching Broner knock Rees down twice last night, I seriously doubt HBO will be looking to have Rees come over to televise one of his fights in the near future. Read the rest of this entry »
By Scott Gilfoid: WBO lightweight champion Ricky Burns’ promoter Frank Warren says he’d like to make a fight between Burns and the American talent WBC lightweight champion Adrien Broner if Burns can get past his next fight against IBF lightweight champion Miguel Vazquez on March 16th. That’s going to be a tough fight, and I can see Vazquez winning that one and ruining Warren’s plans for a Burns-Broner fight.
Warren said in his column frankwarrentv.com “Ricky prevails in his pending tough unification bout against Mexico’s IBF box Miguel Vasquez at Wembley Arena on 16th March, I’ll be uprooting trees to broker a GB-USA super fight to determine top dog at 135lbs before the year is through and I’ll be backing Ricky, no ‘Problem.” Read the rest of this entry »
By Cutman’s Stool: The “Problem” Adrien Broner (26-0, 22 KO’s) gave a steamrolling performance last night in the Boardwalk Hall, Atlantic City. The Boxing sensation just looked too big and powerful for the much smaller Gavin Rees (37-2-1, 18 KO’s). Broner defended his WBC lightweight title which is pretty much going to be his as long as he remains in the division.
Gavin Rees ring walk began with him looking as cool as ever, he and his small entourage (compared to Broner’s) entered with Apollo 440 “Can’t Stop the Rock”. The Rock entered the ring looking quite confident and ready to just get on with it. Read the rest of this entry »
By Steven Ocallaghan: After watching WBC lightweight champion Adrien Broner (26-0, 22 KO’s) stop a very game but ultimately over-matched Gavin Rees (37-2-1, 18 KO’s) in at the Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City, New Jersey, USA last night, I don’t think there is any reason for WBO lightweight champion Ricky Burns (35-2, 10 KO’s) to feel worried at all. I always thought Broner would win, but I thought Rees would take him a little further but it was a good performance. In watching Broner’s performance it took him a couple of rounds to warm up but the main thing I noticed is that he is a 1 minute a round fighter.
In the fourth round in particular, after Rees got back up, Broner was just throwing punches with no intent, lazy tired punches. Maybe he was conserving energy or maybe it is the strain of making 135. He walked in the ring about 150 and that can have an effect. Read the rest of this entry »
By Jim Dower: Colombian Jonathan Romero (23-0, 12 KO’s) used his height and reach to win a 12 round split decision on Saturday night over Alejandro Lopez (24-3, 7 KO’s) to capture the vacant International Boxing Federation (IBF) super bantamweight title at the Auditorio Municipal in Tijuana, Mexico. Read the rest of this entry »