Rees won't be able to solve "The Problem"
By John J. Raspanti, Doghouse Boxing (Feb 15, 2013)
Gavin Rees has won his last 10 fights in a row.
His record (37-1, 18 KOs) is impressive.
He captured the WBA junior welterweight title in 2007 by outpointing Souleymane M'baye.
He won the European lightweight title in 2011.
He declared two days ago during a press conference that "I'm going to knock that (expletive) out."
He was referring to Cincinnati, Ohio native Adrien "The Problem" Broner, 23, undefeated, and the reigning and defending lightweight champion.
Broner's youth belies his skill set. He's freakishly gifted, with power in both hands and a defense that reminds of Floyd Mayweather.
His punches snap like firecrackers. He likes to stand in the center of the ring and attack.
He also likes to preen and talk trash.
Broner (25-0, 21 KOs) and Rees face off this Saturday night at Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City, NJ with HBO televising.
Rees, 32, will be giving up height (three inches), reach (seven), and youth.
He's experienced, but limited.
Broner's cocky attitude has rubbed him the wrong way.
"His attitude stinks, man,"said Rees who hails from Newport, Wales. "He shows fighters no respect, but he hasn’t even earned the right to do that. What has he done? I’ve been in the States for five weeks now and American boxing fans don’t like him. They tell me they hope I beat him and shut him up."
Broner doesn't understand the fuss.
"What can I say? I’m twenty-three. I’m young and I’m getting it,” Broner said. “I don’t underestimate him [Rees]. If we stood face-to-face, I probably couldn’t see him, but I respect him as a fighter. I respect every fighter because only a boxer knows what we go through once we get into that ring."
Rees (nicknamed "Rock") is a pressure fighter. His last two fights ended in knockout victories. He'll need to get under Broner's shots and pound away.
You can bet that Rees' chin will be tested immediately. Nevertheless, Rees hasn't been impressed with the level of Broner's competition.
"Who has he fought? I’ve seen his fights and half of those guys just stood in front of him letting him dictate the pace of the fight," Rees said. "I’m not going to let him do that."
Broner likes his chances Saturday night.
"He [Rees] is a former champion at light welterweight," said Broner. "He’s coming down in weight so he is used to getting hit by strong fighters. I am not about to miss the boulder on this man’s shoulders. He is going to be there all night or until I put him to sleep."
The fight should be interesting as long as it lasts. Broner will counter and potshot. Rees will try to smoother him and land a fight changing bomb.
Broner will break Rees down and put him away by round eight.
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