As the sun sets on the prolific careers of Manny Pacquiao and Floyd Mayweather, a 23 year old from Cincinnati is blazing a trail through the fight game. It’s surely only a matter of time till the world knows the name Adrien Broner. Opinion amongst boxing fans is split on Broner’s controversial antics, from the rap concerts during his ring-walks to the ceremonial hairbrushing and fake marriage proposals after emphatic victories. Cocky is an understatement when it comes to describing how the number five pound for pound boxer in the world (in The Ring Magazine ratings) conducts himself. One thing is certain however, the man nicknamed “The Problem” backs up his other worldly arrogance with other worldly talent. The most accomplished young fighter in boxing, Broner takes with him into tonight’s bout against Welshmen Gavin Rees an undefeated 25-0 record (21 Knockouts). Few give his British foe a chance and a closer look at the match up tells us exactly why.
Broner has outstanding power and speed which Rees could struggle to deal with despite the latter’s impressive record as a former WBA light welterweight champion with 37 wins and only 1 loss. In his last fight against Antonio DeMarco number one Lightweight in the world at the time; “The Problem” put forth a masterclass winning by an 8th round technical knockout, Broner’s accurate punches reduced a formidable opponent to a crumpled and bloodied mess. The vast majority of boxing analysts believe Rees will take a similar approach to DeMarco and try to pressure the 23 year old by constantly moving forward. The results could prove disastrous; walking into the eye of Broner’s storm of venomous hooks and flurries could result in the Welshmen who has never been sent to the canvas in his career suffering his first knockout.
So what are the chances Gavin Rees a relative unknown from Newbridge, Wales takes down Boxing’s youngest phenom? 80-1 odds and a whole host of observers suggest none at all. Broner, for all his talent, has not quite entered the stratosphere of boxing megastars yet. A blockbuster display in New Jersey tonight could help elevate him to were he wants to be; alongside the man he calls his big brother, Floyd Mayweather at the top of boxing’s pound for pound mountain.