Broner Stops Rees in 5 That Was Short but Sweet! - Doghouse Boxing News
Broner Stops Rees in 5 That Was Short but Sweet!
By Ken Hissner at ringside, Doghouse Boxing (Feb 18, 2013) Doghouse Boxing
Adrien Broner
This writer called it a “show saver” Saturday night at the Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City, NJ.  Unbeaten WBC lightweight champion Adrien “The Problem” Broner, 26-0 (22), of Cincinnati, OH, and Gavin “The Rock” Rees, 37-2-1 (19), of Newport, WAL, gave the over 4,000 fans something to cheer about for 5 rounds with Broner successfully defending his title at 2:59 of the 5th round.  “I knew he was coming to fight.  He’s a world class fighter,” said Broner.  Rees is the former WBA 140 champion now holding the British and European titles.

In the second round Broner wound up his right hand and flicked it in the face of Rees.  Rees came right back with a left hook to the body.  He was not to be outdone early in the fight.  Looking much smaller, Rees got as low as he could to the canvas avoiding most of the lightning punches from Broner for the most part.  In the third round Broner rocked Rees who did his thing and opened up on Broner.  Suddenly Broner landed 6 unanswered punches of his own.  He was always in command even on the defense.  “I made too many mistakes tonight and he capitalized on them.  He is the best I have ever met,” said Rees.

In the fourth round Rees landed 3 left hooks to the body of Broner before a right uppercut dropped Rees for the first knockdown.  In the fifth a Broner left hook that was borderline dropped Rees.  Upon rising Rees fought back with the heart of a lion until Broner opened up on Rees in a neutral corner until the Rees corner through in the towel.  Referee Earl Brown then waved it off as the bell was sounding.  Both fighters put on a fine exhibition.   Why Rees ranked No. 2 in the WBA that has a vacant spot at champion took this fight as the No. 15 WBC contender must have been about money.

Ree’s trainer Gary Lockett considered stopping it after 3 but knew Rees would have none of it.  When Broner moves up and takes a 140 title Rees will be ready to capture a 135 title.  Broner the surer bet of the two who has a tremendous future ahead of him at age 23 having won titles in 2 divisions.  Every time a 135-140 boxer with potential comes out of Cincinnati they are compared to the Hall of Fame boxer Aaron “The Hawk” Pryor.  Broner is possibly the best to have a chance someday to meet those expectations.  

Up until the seventh and final fight of the night Golden Boy Promotions East had 3 former Olympians just starting their professional careers against the usual suspects falling like intended.  Then the upset of the night as Edner “Cherry Bomb” Cherry, 31-6-2 (17), Wauchula, FL, stopped former Olympian Vicente Escobedo, 26-4 (15), of Woodland, CA, at the end of 6 rounds in a junior lightweight 10.  The once touted De LaHoya look alike in Escobedo who outside of a good jab had little else to offer as Cherry dropped the right hand “cherry bombs” one after another 10 seconds shy of the end of the second round.  Escobedo beat the count seconds before the bell sounded.

In the sixth round Escobedo took a beating and his corner would not let him out.  He took a devastating knockdown just prior to the bell ending the sixth and was in no shape to continue.  Referee Allan Huggins should have stopped it then.

Cherry hadn’t lost in 7 fights since 2008 when he lost trying to capture the WBC lightweight title from then champion Timothy Bradley.  Escobedo’s last fight was in July of 2012 when he was stopped by Broner in 5 rounds but couldn’t make the 130 limit so he was forced to give up the title.

The “sleeper” of the night over 12 rounds for the WBC Super middleweight title eliminator had Sako “The Scorpion” Bika, 31-5-1 (21), of Sydney, AUS, pounding out a solid decision over the No. 1 WBC contender Nikola Sjekloca, 25-1 (7), of Budva, MON.  One had to wonder who he beat to “earn” that spot.  He was completely outclassed and Bika is obviously past his prime.  It was a ho-hum fight that had the crowd letting the fighters know they did not appreciate the lack of action.  Ricky Vera was the referee.  Judges Lynne Carter, 119-109, Guido Cavalleri, 118-112 and Alan Rubenstein, 120-108 were in favor of Bika.  Either the scores of Carter of Rubenstein could have told the story.  Bika outlanded his opponent 315-137 with a power punch advantage of 145-67.  David Fields was the referee.

Now Bika earns another shot at champion Andre Ward who beat Bika 10-12 out of 12 rounds in November of 2010.  Does a rematch seem warranted? 

For the 39 year old Charles Whitaker, 39-14-2 (23), now out of Miami, FL, he looked his age as he quit at the end of the sixth round to Philadelphia’s Demetrius “The Gladiator” Hopkins, 33-2-1 (13), for the USBA junior middleweight title.   Whitaker had double vision in his left eye from all the right hands Hopkins was landing scoring one knockdown.  The fans were unaware of the injury and soundly booed Whitaker from the ring to the dressing room.  This was not the same Whitaker who fought Gabe Rosado in December and might think about calling it a day.

There’s little to say about the opening 3 bouts all won by US Olympians.  Junior welterweight Southpaw Jamel Herring, 2-0 (1), of Coram, NY, stopped Carlos Lopez, 4-3 (0), of San Juan, PR, when the ringside physician wisely informed referee Sammy Viruet to stop the fight at the end of the third round.    

Lightweight Robert Easter, Jr., 3-0 (3), of Toledo, OH, stopped Jose Valderrama, 3-4 (3), of Manati, PR, who sat on his stool with a bad cut over his left eye at the end of the second round and refused to come out.  In the third bout of the evening 3-time Olympian Rau’Shee “Baby Face” Warren, 3-0 (1), of Cincinnati, OH,  somehow got approval to fight Richard Hernandez, 0-6, of Lockhart, TX, in the bantamweight division.  He only needed 2:04 of the second round after scoring 2 knockdowns before the towel was thrown in to show the fans what the future holds in store for him if he can stay on the straight and narrow outside of the ring.

This writer is definitely against top amateurs turning professional defeating little to no opposition especially when there are 3 on the same card.  The fans deserve better.  They defeat fighters with over 100 fights and are scheduled against fighters with less than 10 and usually with losing records though this card had 2 out of 3 with non-losing records.  The results are always the same.  Sammy Viruet did the refereeing for these 3 bouts.  The HBO show went into midnight with the Bika fight starting after 10.  Long and late night for the fans and a writer who drove over 2 hours afterwards with 2 other writers.  In contrast of one another the younger writer loved the show, while the other writer, old like this one, liked the Bika performance and you just read what this writer thought .

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