Broner: I felt like I punched through Rees’ spine
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.”
The punch that Broner nailed Rees with was a perfect left hook to the midsection, and crumpled Rees up like a cheap suit, sending him to the canvas. I was frankly shocked that Rees was able to get back up from that punch because few fighters would have been able to rise after getting hit with a sledgehammer body shot like that.
You’ve got to give Rees a ton of credit for continuing to fight after getting dropped like that. However, Rees was nearly defenseless after the action resumed, as Broner teed off on him with punch after punch until Rees’ trainer Gary Lockett tossed in the white towel to have the fight stopped before Broner knocked Rees out in the traditional sense.
It’s a good thing Lockett did that because there was far too much time left in the round for Rees to have escaped the round. All Broner needed was another perfectly placed body shots, and he’d have had Rees rolling around on the canvas in pain for a KO.
Broner’s power is out of this world. There’s nobody at 135 of 140 that can punch like him, and his Mayweather-like boxing skills make him even harder to beat. As Max Kellerman said, “He’s special.”
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