By Rick Evans
In a fight that was designed to be more of a showcase rather than a showdown, WBC lightweight champion Adrien Broner had an easy time in his first title defense against challenger Gavin Reese at Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City, New Jersey.
The first round was the best round of the fight for Rees as he applied effective pressure while Broner sat back and picked his spots throughout the round. This was followed by a more heated second round as the fighters had great exchanges, with Rees getting the better of the champion and winning the round on Harold Letterman’s card, taking a 2-0 lead. The champion decided to get down to business in the third stanza as he routinely found a home for his check left hook, wobbling the Welshman numerous times and hurting him badly at the end of the round. Round four saw Broner floor the challenger with a beautiful right uppercut at the half way point, which was followed up with great combinations in an attempt to knock Rees out, but Broner was unable to finish the fight.
In between rounds four and five, Rees’s corner strongly considered stopping the contest, but decided to let him continue for another round. The end came in round five as Broner scored another knockdown, this time on a clean left hook to the body. Rees rose and was allowed to continue, but was met with heavy artillery from the lightning fast champion and Rees’s head trainer Gary Lockett threw in the towel to end the nights festivities.
Broner moves to 26-0 and scores his 22nd knockout with the victory. Rees falls to 37-2-1 with the defeat.
After the fight, Broner commented that he was ready to take on the best fighters in the world, all the while dismissing the upcoming Miguel Vasquez-Ricky Burns lightweight title fight (the winner being his most likely next challenger)as only “The Problem” could by saying “Who is that? I don’t even know those guys”. Love him or hate him, Adrien Broner is going to be a force at lightweight for some time.