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Rees: I want to smack Broner in the mouth

Adrien Broner Gavin ReesBy Scott Gilfoid: WBC lightweight champion Adrien Broner (25-0, 21 KO’s) has let everyone know exactly how he feels about his over-matched opponent Gavin Rees (37-1-1, 18 KO’s) by pretending he doesn’t know his name.

In other words, Rees is so badly out of his class in this fight that Broner won’t even bother to mention his name. That’s more of a message to Broner’s promoters at Golden Boy then it is about Rees. I mean, they’re the ones that set up this horrendous mismatch in the first place.

Rees isn’t pleased with the way Broner has treated him during their press conferences, and he had this to say about it: “I want to give him a smack in the mouth, but it’ll wait for Saturday night.”

It’s a good thing Rees is keeping control of himself because it could lead to a suspension if he were to haul off and slug Broner in the mouth. We already saw what happened to the Brit Dereck Chisora when he lost control of himself at the weigh-in with WBC heavyweight champion Vitali Klitschko last year in February when Chisora decided to slap Vitali. Chisora ended up losing his license for that move in addition to some of the other things he did in the run up to the fight.

It’s probably not going to matter what Rees does and what he says, he’s still way out of his class against Broner. Sure, Rees can get a cheap shot in before the fight if he wants to, but this is a sport and he’s still going to be way out of his class when he steps inside the ring.

Rees says he’s lost only 7 fights in the past 23 years, six of them being as an amateur. Rees believes that means he’s got a shot to win, but in reality it more of an indication of the kind of match-making Rees has had in the past five years. Rees hasn’t faced a world class opponent since losing his WBA World light welterweight title in Andriy Kotelnik in 2008.

I guess only Rees knows why he retreated from the world scene and focused on fighting only domestic and European level opposition until now. Whatever the reason is, Rees doesn’t have much to brag about with his resume because he’d likely have a whole bunch of losses on it if he had been facing the cream of the lightweight division for the past five years.


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