Adrien Broner had nothing but respect for opponent Gavin Rees after successfully taking out the Welshman in the fifth round to retain his WBC lightweight title in Atlantic City on Saturday night.
The 23 year old from Cincinnati, who calls himself ‘The Problem’, dominated the tough little Welshman from the opening bell but Rees proved a toughed nut to crack and Broner acknowledged as much after the fight
"I knew he [Rees] was going to come to fight. He’s a world-class fighter,” said Broner.
"He [Rees] kept coming. He threw every shot like it was his best shot. I knew he would hang. When you have two world-class fighters going toe-to-toe, it’s going to be a great fight.
"He’s [Rees] tougher than a steak that’s been well done.
Rees also had nothing but respect for the charismatic and highly talented WBC lightweight champ. "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,” said Rees.
"I made a lot of mistakes and I believe I have a better skill set than that.
"I knew he [Broner] hit hard, but his power just stunned me. I got reckless and that was the end of the night, but I was always going to get back up.
"I would have gone on until I was knocked out cold. I disagree with Gary pulling me out, but he knows that I would have gotten hurt. We are good friends and he was just looking out for me."
Broner is set to fight again in Las Vegas on May 4 against an as yet unnamed opponent. One man he would like to be in the opposing corner is WBO lightweight champ Ricky Burns and he insists there will only be one winner.
"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” said Broner.
"There are high expectations for me to take boxing over after [Floyd] Mayweather and [Manny] Pacquiao hang up their gloves.
"Tonight was a nice fight. I have to go back and watch it. Overall I felt pretty. I just looked in the mirror and I still look good.
February 17, 2013