Golden Boy Promotions enjoyed quite an exhibition of greatness last night. Adrien Broner showed he was worth his weight in gold. He treated Gavin Rees in press conferences leading to the fight, as an after-thought. Rees didn’t believe what he heard. In the ring this past Saturday night at the boardwalk in Atlantic City, Rees had to wait patiently as Broner made his trademark entrance, rapping lyrics as he approached, to see if he could do what he boasted.
Broner still seemed quite unworried about his challenger for the WBC 140 pound crown when he entered the ring. Rees, after two rounds however, seemed confirmed in his conviction that taking the fight to Broner early was paying off. He seemed to think that he was on the threshold of exposing Broner as a hype machine of his own making.
Then came the third round uppercut, and Rees was on his back shocked at the sudden turn of events. He continued to pressure but the first point was made. Broner, who knocked out 21 of 25 opponents, saw his power become manifest in the fourth when he threw a powerful left hook to the belly that bent Rees over in pain to one knee with head bowed.
It was the beginning of the end. Broner exploded with a powerful combination that was as accurate as it was fast. The round ended but the end was just a formality. In the fifth another barrage of punches set the table for the referee to put an end to the contest. Rees dropped to 37-2-1 but was brilliant often, especially in the first two rounds. But he changed his tune about Broner’s ability. “”He’s [Broner] the best I have ever been in the ring with. It’s not a case of whether he will go on to be a super star… he is already there.” Broner was more complementary to his just fallen opponent. “He [Rees] kept coming. He threw every shot like it was his best shot. I knew he would hang.”
Asked about future opponents in his own division referring to Vazquez-Burns match he acted like he didn’t even know who they were. But eventually he had something to say about Ricky Burns. “”If I fought Ricky Burns, he would get burnt out. I want to fight him, but if he doesn’t want to fight me. Oh well.” It was like this tonight, a quick knockout and an afterthought. Broner has a lot to offer the fight game and many suspect we will soon see him test himself against the best around soon enough. As for now “The Problem” is who has the answer to Broner’s skill set at 140. Time will tell.