By James McKnight @Jamesmcknight83.
Gavin Rees will face Adrien Broner in Atlantic City, New Jersey, on February 16 for the WBC lightweight title.
Rees, 37(18)-1-1, last fought in July when he took on Derry Mathews in a rematch from 2011 which had ended in a draw. He beat Mathews after the fight was stopped during the 9th round. With that win. the Welshman not only regained the European title but he also claimed the British title too. Rees, 32, is aiming to win a World title at a second weight after he claimed the WBA World light-welterweight title back in July 2007. On that night he beat Frenchman, Souleymane M'baye on points. In his first defense of the title against Ukranian, Andriy Kotelnik in February 2012, he was stopped in the 12th round despite putting up a valiant effort throughout the fight, Rees simply had absorbed too much punishment.
Broner, 25(21)-0-0, is currently 23 years of age and he is one of boxing's finest upcoming prospects. When he faces Rees. he will be aiming to defend the WBC lightweight title. In November, he made his lightweight debut after stepping up from super-featherweight. In the opposite corner to him that night was Mexico's, Antonio DeMarco who was aiming to defend the WBC title. Before the fight, many people had their own interpretation of how they believed the fight would unfold and many people expected DeMarco to give Broner problems of his own to deal with. But, this proved to not be the case. Broner was in excellent form, and landed many big shots throughout the contest, in particular some lethal uppercuts. The fight was eventually stopped during the 8th round.
Broner, was born in Cincinnati, has been compared to Floyd Mayweather Jr who is one of boxing's finest talents in the history of the sport. But, Broner does have his own unique style and personality and he is aiming to leave his own mark on the sport.
Gavin Rees will turn 33 years of age in 3 months time, so it could be the last time we see him on the World stage. There is no denying that he is going to be in the best shape of his life for this fight and no question that he is going to aim to win the title. He has a wealth of experience, is courageous, is no pushover and believes he will prove his doubters wrong. But, Adrien Broner is an exceptional talent. He is younger, fresher and is physically bigger than his opponent Rees. He is also very hungry for more success in the sport.
There is only one question right now that you need to ask yourself...can Gavin Rees solve 'The Problem'?