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Broner Too Much For Rees
Broner is a very talented 23-year-old fighter from Cincinnati, OH. Broner has won world titles at 135 and 140 pounds and has amassed a perfect 5-0, 5 KO record in world title fights. HBO is a big fan of Broner’s talent and will continue to showcase Broner in an attempt to create a new star in boxing.
“Thanks to everyone who came out, Broner said. “It’s [NBA] All-Star Weekend and you came to see an All-Star. [Rees is] tougher than a steak that’s been well done.”
Rees, nicknamed ‘The Rock,’ held his own besting Broner during the first two rounds. However, in round three, the champion took control of the fight. Broner simply outclassed Rees for the remaining duration of the fight. Rees hit the canvas hard in round four from a right uppercut before tasting the canvas once more in round five off a body shot. The time of the stoppage was 2:59 seconds.
“I knew he [Rees] was going to come to fight,” Broner added. “He’s a world-class fighter. 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.”
Rees, a former WBA lightweight titlist, was proud of his effort but could have done better. Rees also believes that Broner’s star will eventually shine brighter.
“He’s [Broner] the best I have ever been in [the ring] with,” Rees said. “It’s not a case of whether he will go on to be a super star… he is already there. I made a lot of mistakes and I believe I have a better skill set than that.”
The talented Broner is ‘head-and-shoulders’ above the fighters between 130-140 pounds. Rees was a significant challenger because of his popularity in the UK. Broner is awaiting the winner of the title unification bout between WBO champion Pat Burns and Miguel Vazquez, the IBF champion. A fight between Broner and Burns is one that HBO is interested in putting on American TV.
“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.”
Broner may be brash and cocky with his attitude, but he is good entertainment and he can fight. A fighter with Broner’s talent should be kept busy as often as possible.
“Tonight was a nice fight,” Broner added. “I have to go back and watch it. Overall I felt pretty. I just looked in the mirror and I still look good. I would fight 10 times a year if I could.”
Broner could return to the ring as early as May 4, on the Floyd Mayweather-SHOWTIME Pay-Per-View spectacular.
Broner-Rees undercard results
In other bouts: No. 2 world-ranked, Sakio Bika (31-5-2, 21 KOs) earned another shot at unified WBC/WBA super middleweight champion Andre Ward. Bika fought No. 1-ranked Nikola Sjekloca (25-1, 7 KOs) and won a unanimous 12-round decision. The judges scored the bout: 120-108, 119-109, and 118-112.
Ward is the last person to have defeated Bika in November 2010. Ward pitched a near shutout when the two fought in Ward’s native Oakland, CA. Bika simply didn’t have an answer for Ward’s fast and confusing style. Ward, a master boxer and perhaps the best fighter in the world, simply beat Bika up and will have no problems during their rematch.
Junior middleweight Demetrius Hopkins (33-2-1, 13 KOs) defeated Charles Whittaker (39-14-2, 23 KOs) when his opponent became unable to see from his left eye. Whittaker quit on his stool after the sixth round. Hopkins landed his punches at will and even scored a knockdown in round four.
In a surprise to many, former WBO junior welterweight champion Edner Cherry (31-6-2, 17 KOs) scored three knockdowns en route to a TKO stoppage victory over Vicente Escobedo (26-5, 15 KOs).
Cincinnati native Rau’Shee Warren (3-0, 1 KO) was simply too much for Richard Hernandez (0-6). Warren scored two knockdowns in round two before Hernandez corner tossed the towel at the 2:04 second mark.
Lightweight Robert Easter Jr. (3-0, 3 KOs) knocked out Jose Valderrama (3-4, 3 KOs) in the first round.
Also, 2012 Olympian and junior welterweight prospect Jamel Herring (2-0, 1 KO) stopped Carlos Lopez (4-3) in the third round.