Adrien Broner title defense vs. Gavin Rees - Doghouse Boxing News
Broner Defends WBC Title Against Rees in Atlantic City on Saturday
By Ken Hissner, Doghouse Boxing (Feb 15, 2013) Doghouse Boxing (Photo © Chee, Doghouse Boxing)
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Adrien “The Problem” Broner, 25-0 (21), makes his first WBC lightweight title defense Saturday at Boardwalk Hall, in Atlantic City, NJ, against British and European lightweight champion Gavin “The Rock” Rees, 37-1-1 (18), from Wales, UK. This will be the HBO main event promoted by Golden Boy Promotions.

Though Rees is Ranked No. 15 in the WBC he is No. 2 in the WBA while No. 1 is Richard Abril and the title vacant. Why he passed on this to take on the more dangerous Broner time will tell. He is also No. 5 in the WBO. His only loss was back in 2008 for the WBA light welterweight title losing in the final round to Andriy Kotelnyk. He has since won 10 and had a technical draw with Dery Mathews. In his last fight in July of 2012 he stopped Mathews.

Broner, is like the second coming of Aaron “The Hawk” Pryor with both coming out of Cincinnati, OH. He has stopped 15 of his last 16 opponents. He stopped Antonio DeMarco in his last fight in November to win the lightweight title. He had previously won the WBO Super featherweight title in November of 2011 stopping Vicente Martin Rodriguez. He defended that title twice including stopping Vicente Escobar, 26-4 (15), who fight’s on the undercard against Edner Cherry, 30-6-2 (16).

NABF super middleweight champion Sakio “The Scorpian” Bika, 30-5-2 (21) of Australia now living in L.A. meets Nikola Siekioca, 25-0 (17), of Serbia, now living in Montenegro, who won the WBC International super middleweight title in 2011. Bika best known for his appearance in “the Contender” series has fought for world titles with WBC champ Markus Beyer (TD2), IBF/WBO Joe Calzaghe (L12) and WBA Super champ Andre Ward (L12).

Philadelphia’s Demitrius “The Gladiator” Hopkins, 32-2-1 (12) meets Charles “Killa” Whittaker, 39-13-2 (23), of Miami, FL, who defends his USBA title over 12. Olympian, Escobedo, 26-4 (15), of Woodland, CA, takes on Edner Cherry, 30-6-2 (16), of Wauchula, FL, in a super featherweight 10.

Olympian Rau’shee Warren, 2-0 (0), of Cincinnati meets Ricardo Hernandez, 5-0 (1), in a bantamweight 4. Robert Easter, 2-0 (2), of Cincinnati meets Jose Valderrama, 2-3 (2), in a welter 4. Philadelphia’s Wahid Raheem, 3-0 (1), meets Ismael Serrano, making his debut in a super featherweight 4. Jamel Herring, 1-0 (0), of Coram, NY, meets Carlos Lopez, 4-2 (0), in a light welter 4.

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