Fans Expect Broner to Kayo Rees

By Clarence George on February 10, 2013
Fans Expect Broner to Kayo Rees
Rees (37-1-1) is a battle-scarred warhorse, having first fought professionally in 1998.

According to’s current and ongoing poll, a whopping 72% of the respondents expect WBC lightweight titlist Adrien “The Problem” Broner to stop opponent Gavin “The Rock” Rees, former WBA junior welterweight beltholder, in their championship bout at Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City, New Jersey, on February 16. 

A pro since 2008, 23-year-old Broner (25-0-0, 21 KOs) fought three times in 2012, twice as junior lightweight. He defeated Eloy Perez by fourth-round TKO in February and Vicente Escobedo by fifth-round TKO in July. In his debut as lightweight, in November, he relieved Antonio DeMarco of his WBC belt by eighth-round TKO.

Thirty-two-year-old Rees (37-1-1, 18 KOs) is a battle-scarred warhorse, having first fought professionally in 1998. His most recent bouts took place last year. He stopped Anthony Mezaache by seventh-round TKO in March. It was Derry Mathews’ turn in July, stopped by a TKO in the ninth. Rees drew against Mathews in 2011. Rees’ sole loss came five years ago, to Andriy Kotelnyk, who took out the Welshman by 12th-round TKO. Rees paid a pretty penny for that final-round stoppage, losing the WBA title he’d won in 2007 from Souleymane M’baye.

Although tough, Rees is a bit feather-fisted—he has a KO record of only 46%, while his upcoming opponent’s is a rock-‘em-sock-‘em 84%. That difference in power-punching certainly bodes ill for the Welshman, who should perhaps consider the coziness of hearth and home, of pipe and slippers. The Cincinnatian, too, should do some considering, such as moving up to junior welterweight to test his mettle against fellow hard-hitter Lucas Matthysse, who’s won 31 of 33 by knockout, a KO record of 86%.

Like Rodney Dangerfield, Rees isn’t getting much in the way of respect. So far, not quite 16% of the respondents expect Rees to win by either KO or decision. I won’t play devil’s advocate, not on this one. Rees before Broner is “as stubble before the wind.”

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  1. Clarence George 04:50am, 02/14/2013

    I feel the same way, guys:  Broner is a very good boxer, but he ain’t the charmer his overinflated ego tells him he is.  I had the same reaction to Ali.

    As for Rees…a decent fighter, who’ll give it his all, but that won’t be nearly enough; his skills are eclipsed by Broner’s.  That simple.

  2. Don from Prov 09:58am, 02/13/2013

    I’m going to have a difficult chore becoming a Broner fan—

    Reese? Hearth and home would have been the proper choice

  3. Irish Frankie Crawford Beat Saijo (aka) Gimpel 03:43pm, 02/12/2013

    Memo to Gavin: Training injury…no really…. training injury….save yourself the wear and tear and the rest of us the post fight Broner bullshit!

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