This week SecondsOut’s big fight prediction is the WBC lightweight clash between charismatic champion Adrien Broner and Welsh Gavin Rees. The pair clash at the Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City, New Jersey on Saturday night
See below who our army of writers think will be victorious this weekend.
Welshman Gavin Rees will certainly not be fazed by fighting on a major card in the US and he has repeatedly said that Broner will see a different man to the one dimensional come forward brawler that we all know. But the fact is, whilst Rees is very experienced, boxers very rarely deviate from their natural styles. And Rees’s walk in style perfect for slick moving boxer with fast hands like Broner. I see Rees eating Broner’s combinations for a half a dozen rounds before a series of heavy right hands take him out around the ninth round.
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Editor In Chief
"Adrien Broner will continue his winning ways on saturday night against the gritty Wales native, Gavin Rees. Broner’s overall boxing abilities, reach advantage, and youth will separate him from Rees from the get go. This fight will end inside the distance, and most likely by the fight’s midpoint. Broner’s combination of speed and power will enable him to dictate the pace and the conclusion."
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I don’t see this fight going too well for Gavin Rees, who is a solid former world champion and contender. In fact, I see this one being over before a real fight can break out. Adrien Broner possesses blinding hand-speed and pin-point timing on his punches. For some reason, I see an early cut opening and Rees’ title effort placed in serious jeopardy. Rees will fight through the blood, but be clearly impeded by its flow. I see Rees a third round TKO loser without ever being seriously hurt. Broner will land plenty of right hands over Rees’ guard and keep him in line with his check left-hook, but the fans will feel a little unsatisfied with the stoppage.
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Hopefully Rees learned from Antonio DeMarco’s mistakes, and he won’t try to trade with Broner in the center of the ring. There is no doubt Rees is coming to Atlantic City’s Boardwalk Hall to win a title while derailing the Broner Express. I think he will find success in moving the fight against the ropes early. By the fourth Broner should be able to time Rees with counters, and lead rights. Once Rees takes his foot off the pedal, Broner will come forward and do his best to close the show in spectacular fashion. I expect him to dance to a neutral corner at the end of the eighth.
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I’m a big believer in Gavin Rees. He’s a former world champion and a class act who has made the most out of himself over a glittering professional career. The opportunity against Broner has to be taken because at thirty two years old you cannot decline world title shots. The issue I have is the style confrontation. Rees, although clever with it, is a relentless pressure fighter who loves a tear up and for me that plays straight into the American’s hands. Broner is an immense counter puncher who scores with accuracy, on the inside and the outside, with power. I think this could be a tough one to watch because Gavin will not be discouraged easily. I hope he pushes the WBC champion to the brink of hell and makes it a competitive fight but, if I’m being honest, this is more than likely a turkey shoot - and a bloody one.
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Broner looked mightily impressive in his stoppage victory over Antonio DeMarco last time out but the Mexican seemed to box with no plan and the flashy American had his way with him. Rees, although a huge underdog, will undoubtedly come well prepared by Gavin Lockett who has made a point of the experience Rees will bring to the ring on Saturday. However Broner is a special talent and although I can see Rees setting a high tempo as he seeks to close the distance and work inside, I expect Broner to pick him off to score a late stoppage win or a lopsided points victory. Either way Rees will come away from the contest with his head held high.
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Broner wins easy, he is simply in a different area code when it comes to talent and skill. He should be able to get a stoppage if he forces the issue.
James ‘Smitty’ Smith
Broner = 7
Rees = 0
February 15, 2013