Adrien “The Problem” Broner (25-0, 21 KOs) will put his newly won WBC lightweight belt on the line February 16 against Gavin “The Rock” Rees (37-1-1, 18 KOs) at Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City, NJ. He had had hoped to face Ricky Burns in a title-unification bout, but the deal fell apart over money.
Broner, 23, overwhelmed Antonio DeMarco last November to capture the lightweight crown. His Floyd Mayweather like defense and sharp combinations befuddled and ultimately defeated the game DeMarco. Broner prefers to stand in the pocket and punch - all the while keeping his chin tucked behind his left shoulder.