WBC lightweight champion, Adrien Broner, was hoping to follow up his eight-round destruction of Antonio DeMarco on Nov. 17 with a fight against Ricky Burns, but the two weren’t able to come to agreeable terms.
Broner (25-0-0, 21 KOs) will now face Gavin Rees (37-1-1, 18 KOs) on Feb. 16, at the Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City, N.J.
“The Problem” is obviously a little ticked off about the fact he wasn’t able to secure a fight against Burns, accusing the Scotsman of ducking.
“He don’t want to fight me,” Broner said during an interview with FightHype’s Ben Thompson. “You know what it is? He’s trying to milk the game. He knows after he fights me, he’s not going to be [expletive].”
Realistically speaking, Adrien Broner doesn’t have much competition in the lightweight division, and he shouldn’t have any problems dominating Rees when the two square up. Rees has put together an impressive professional record, but the quality of opponents he’s faced in the last couple of years is questionable.
It’s hard to see Rees dethroning Broner, but the 32 year-old is skilled enough to make it a competitive bout of he brings his A-game come fight time.
Broner — who has stopped 15 of his last 16 opponents — plans to add another impressive victory to his resume on Feb. 16, and he’s also looking at fighting on the undercard of the Floyd Mayweather May 4 fight card.
One thing’s for sure, Broner is certain it’s his time to dominate the lightweight division.
“I’ma stay here [135 pounds] and just beat up everybody; let ’em talk some more [expletive] and keep giving me bills,” Broner explained. “It really don’t matter. I’ll fight ’em all. I don’t give a [expletive]. I’m already the champion in this weight class, so I’ll just start fighting people at catch-weights. Rios, 138…we can meet…I’ll fight him at 140. I don’t care. I’m so impatient that I know that I’ll do that, but honestly, there’s no need for me to do that. Anybody I fight, they’re going to watch because it’s me, and they’re going to pay me because it’s me, so, you know, I really ain’t worried about who I fight. The hardest part is getting the opponent.”
Unfortunately for Adrien Broner, I don’t think opponents will be lining up to fight him anytime soon.