Adrien Broner - Fide Superstar Or a 'Problem' Waiting to Happen?
Trash talking WBC lightweight king Adrien Broner 26 – 0 (22 KO’s) could just be the savior of our great sport. The problem is, who does he fight next?
UK fight fans got another glimpse of the man, affectionately, known as ‘The Problem’ this past Sunday morning UK time. He systematically, and quite brutally, took apart Welsh former light welterweight world champion Gavin Rees 37 – 1 – 2 (19 KO’s) in Atlantic City, NJ
Broner had shown little respect for Rees, since the fight was announced, taunting him at every opportunity. Such was his confidence (arrogance) he even asked Rees how he was going to beat him.
Showing little, or no, respect in the ring Broner gave another master class from start to finish, taunting, smiling and showboating his way through another devastating performance. Spurred on by Broner’s lack of respect, Rees started like a man on a mission, stepping in with the jab, showing some great footwork, and putting together some smart combination punches, to head and body, and for a minute of round 1 it looked like Broner was in for a tougher nights work than he’d anticipated...
It wasn’t to be, by round 2 Broner was picking the left hand counter and digging in some mean body shots that Rees winced at, each and every time they landed. Round 3 was more of the same and Broner was starting to dominate with some solid shots on the inside, rocking Rees’ head back.
Too quick, too slick and far too strong for the brave and game Rees a short right uppercut early in round 4 put Rees on the floor. Doing well to make the count he gamely fought on taking combination after sickening combination but somehow managed to see out the round.
The corner tried to pull Rees out but he was having none of it, bravely going out for round 5, but the end was in sight, and Broner could smell it. Another sickening body shot on the break and Rees was down, again he beat the count and bravely went on the front foot but Broner had sensed the end and began putting his punches together and planting his feet. Rees had no answer to another Broner onslaught and his corner had seen enough, throwing the towel in to a halt the fight 2.59 seconds into round number 5.
This was a step too far for Rees, and maybe, just maybe, Broner is the next superstar of our great sport. Once he’s inside the squared circle, he is without doubt one of the most gifted boxers on the planet, the jury is out on the rapping though.
The question still remains: What’s next for Adrien Broner?
What’s the point being the best fighter on the planet if no one likes you?”
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