Rees: It’s going to be a long night for Broner
By Scott Gilfoid: Gavin Rees (37-1-1, 18 KO’s) has a plan that he feels is going to enable him to beat WBC lightweight champion Adrien Broner (25-0, 21 KO’s) on February 16th and take his title in front of millions of Americans watching the fight on HBO. Rees isn’t saying what the plan is, but it must be a real gem for him to be able to negate the obvious talent imbalance in this fight.
Broner is so far superior to Rees in every facet of the game that it’s a wonder that the fight was put together in the first place by Broner’s promoters at Golden Boy Promotions.
At their recent telephone conference call, a way too cocky for his own good Rees said “It’s going to be a long night for you, Broner…I know it will be a great and fight that’s why I’m confident of winning.”
Rees doesn’t see himself making the same mistakes that Broner’s last victim, former WBC lightweight champion Antonio DeMarco, did in standing directly in front of Broner and not moving his head. There’s no doubt that DeMarco fought a bad fight on that night by electing to stand in front of Broner trading shots. However, there’s really not much Rees can do that will help him beat Broner on February 16th.
Rees can move around, play hit and run, clinch, wrestle, circle the ring 24/7, but none of it’s going to make a bit of difference in the outcome of the fight. Rees is still going to get whipped and whipped badly by Broner. The thing with Broner is he times fighters that try the old in and out fighting approach, and as soon as Rees moves forward to try and land a sneaky shot, Broner is going to take him with a right hand, jab or left hook and stop the Brit dead in his tracks.
The ideas that Rees has to beat Broner are good ideas, but they’re good ideas to beat the kinds of fighters that Rees has been fighting for the last four years. Rees’ ideas would help him likely beat the tar out of some of the local lads from the UK, but it won’t work against a world class talent like Broner. That’s why the Euro and domestic level fighters tend to do so badly when they’re given opportunities to fight for world titles. They just don’t have the talent to bridge the gap in many cases, and they wind up getting trounced and slapped back down to their former level.