February 13th, 2013 By Pedro Fernandez
BRONER HAS WRANKLED SOME FIGHT FANS
San Francisco, CA– Why do people have a problem with Adrian Broner? The 23-year old from Cincinatti, OH is in my eyes the best fighter to come out of that locale since Hall of Fame inductee Aaron Pryor. Although Pryor could box well, comparing him and Adrian is not easy considering the contrasting styles. Broner is more finese and fluidity, while Pryor’s method of boxing could best be called frenetic.
ADRIAN EMITS FLASHES OF RING BRILLIANCE
With “Sugar Ray” Leonard like bursts of fire in his combinations, Adrian is one of the only boxers today that can also utilize Floyd Mayweather’s defensive moves and roll the shoulder. At 25-0 with 21 early endings, Broner will risk his “0” and both the WBO & WBC 135 lb. trinkets when he squares off with rugged (but limited) Gavin Rees (37-1-1, 18 KOs) of Great Britain Saturday night on an HBO broadcast emanating from Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City, NJ.
NOTHNG HINTS AT GREATNESS, REES LOOKS “OK ON PAPER”
Having gone 10-0-1 since his lone loss in 2008 (TKO 12) to Andriy Kotelnyk in 2008, Rees had this to say as the clocks ticks on Saturday night. “I’m going to knock this (CENSORED) out Saturday night and I can’t wait. His attitude stinks man. He shows fighters no respect, but he hasn’t even earned the right to do that. I’ve been in the States for five weeks now and American boxing fans don’t like him. I can take him out in the first round, but I am ready to go into deep water if I have to.” What concerns Vees about Broner? “I have to watch for his right uppercut which he throws from down low.”
AN EXTROVERT WITH UNCANNY BOXING MOVES
Broner, who has never been thought of as shy, once did a live radio interview with me while getting a haircut. Some people don’t like his “Gorgeous George” (the wrestler) like act. The hair brushing on TV really irks some of the boxing fan base. Much like Muhammed Ali, Adrian plays off his opponents and the crowd very well. There are people that despise him for being bold and cocky. That being said, Broner is the real deal in my mind until somebody proves otherwise.
BRONER IN HIS OWN WORDSAdrian has no problems talking about himself. “To this day, right now, I could literally leave boxing and be like, I did more than anybody in my family ever did. I could provide for my kids and my family, but I’m not going to settle for that. I’m trying to be the best boxer to ever lace up a pair of gloves. That’s my goal. I have my own legacy. Everybody has their own legacy. Who knows? Maybe I go all the way up to 154.”
WHAT CAN GAVIN REES DO BETTER?
Nothing! His lone losing effort against Andriy Kotelnyk cost Gavin the WBA 140 lb. diadem he had won one fight prior with a UD 12 win over Souleymane M’baye. To be honest, Souleymane M’baye is not even a household name in his own house! This fight looks to be tilted very heavily in Broner’s favor. Simply put, Nees has as Don King would put it, “Two chances, slim and none. And slim just left town.” Broner will paint the Brit like he were a white picket fence. That being said, if Nees gets to lunging, the picket fence gets knocked down.