Adrien Broner: “He hits incredibly hard for a lightweight”
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.
Broner’s entrance on the other hand had a much larger entourage including two rappers, the Watson brothers and Broner himself taking part in the rapping. HBO even had a small video segment before the walk began of Broner in an emotional dedication to his Grandmother and victims of breast cancer explaining why he was wearing pink for the Demarco fight. The video definitely did show Broner in a different way than the way he usually acts in front of the cameras.
When the first round got under way and the two fighters got toe to toe, I couldn’t help notice how much bigger Broner was. Rees however was the busier fighter and I had him down to win the round. This was expected as Broner usually starts off slow in the first and works out his opponent. Rees did seem to have fast hands and looked from the off to get up and personal with the bigger Broner.
In the second Rees continued to be the busier fighter again and probably did win the round. Broner did begin to do some showboating by swinging his right hand while connecting with a straight left. It has to be noted that Rees looked like he couldn’t hurt Broner at all. His punches seemed to have no effect, and when Broner landed some fast combinations Rees looked to be on the back foot.
The third round seen Rees land some of his punches to Broners head, Broner just shrugged these off and shacked his head to say these don’t hurt. These punches probably would cause other lightweights some problems but not Broner. Broner started his offensive and landed the cleaner punches in this round which looked to hurt Rees. At end of the round Rees looked to be in bother up against the ropes but bravely fought back. My opinion after the third was that Rees can’t hurt this guy and Broner could just turn it on and hurt Rees whenever he pleased.
In the fourth it was all Broner, he dropped Rees with a vicious right uppercut. It was a beautiful punch that had Rees immediately on his back. Rees looked to be hurt but did battle back bravely, he has a huge heart. Broner continued to land with the cleaner and more powerful punches to end the round.
Trainer Gary Lockett was heard telling Rees “Your taken too much punishment in there” and looked threatening to throw in the towel which he did do in the fifth. Rees continued to bravely land some punches on Broner which seemed to have had no effect. However the power of Broner seemed to be hurting Rees a lot and an uppercut to the body of Rees had him on the floor again. Broner continued to land some clean punches on the brave Rees and trainer Gary Lockett through in the towel to end the fight.
Rees did look like he could have survived maybe another round but I think Gary Lockett was right. There is no point in watching an extremely brave Rees get hurt because there was no way he was going to win the fight or even last until the last round. Broner was too big and power for Rees. Rees was interviewed at the end of the fight and said ”He hits incredibly hard for a lightweight” and hes going to be a great champion. Which many people can’t dispute at this present moment in time. I look forward to seeing Broner in action again and soon enough he will be in the welterweight division with some of Boxing’s biggest names.
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