Rees to challenge Broner in February

Rees to challenge Broner in February
By Eurosport

28/12/2012 at 17:39Updated 28/12/2012 at 19:32

WBC lightweight champion Adrien Broner will defend his title against Welshman Gavin Rees in Atlantic City on February 16.

Matchroom promoter Eddie Hearn confirmed that the Boardwalk Hall bout was on the verge of being set in stone via his official Twitter: "Hounded by questions about Rees v Broner.. We have agreed terms with Golden Boy for Feb 16 and will now proceed to contract."

And 32-year-old Rees also confirmed the talks via the social media website, saying: "Looks like I'm fighting Adrian Broner 16th feb for WBC title massive fight for me and time for me to become 2 weight world champ"

Rees’ trainer Gary Lockett then confirmed that the fight was set in an interview with Boxing News.

"Eddie Hearn will get a lot of stick and I will get a lot of stick," Lockett explained.

"But when Darren Barker fought Sergio Martinez no-one gave him a chance and look at the performance he put in.

"Gavin Rees isn’t the sort of guy to go there to make the numbers up.

"Let’s be realistic: he’s a massive, massive underdog but with his style he gives anyone an argument."

Newbridge-born Rees has a record of 37 wins from 39 fights with 18 KOs, one loss and one draw.

He stunned Souleymane M'baye in 2007 to win the WBA light-welterweight title before dropping the belt to Andriy Kotelnik in his first defence, and won the light-welterweight Prizefighter tournament in 2009.

His most recent success came with a ninth-round stoppage of Derry Mathews at Sheffield's Motorpoint Arena in July, but will face his toughest test to date in the form of undefeated American Broner (25-0, 21 knockouts).

'The Problem' has been looking to take on Scotland's Ricky Burns, holder of the lightweight division's WBO championship, in a unification bout but after a series of frustrations in arranging warm-up bouts, Burns will wait a little longer to fight Broner.