HBO Boxing: "The Problem" is back – world’s best young boxer returns (VIDEO)
After demolishing Antonio DeMarco and taking the WBC lightweight title the last time we saw him, Adrian Broner, the most accomplished young boxer is set to return this weekend (25-0, 21 KO).
"The Problem" will have his first title defense in legendary Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City, where he won his title in the first place, against Welsh Gavin Rees (37-1-1, 18 KO). The Brit is former world champion in WBA's light welterweight class and reigning European and British champion in the lightweight division. Since losing the WBA belt to Andriy Kotelnik via technical knockout in 2008, Rees has fought some lower-level opponents and this will be his first bout in America. He's expected to have the same experience as most box fighters do on their first trip to the US – make some money, have a moment of fame and then take a beating.
For Broner, who is considered the heir to the pound-for-pound throne, challenges lie in other places. Antonio DeMarco is the second most talented fighter in this division, and Broner brutally toyed with him before knocking him out in the eighth round. The real challenge for the 23-year-old American can be found already in the division up to 63.5 kg, against the likes of Danny Garcia, Amir Khan and Brandon Rios.
Broner wants to fight Ricky Burns and his matchup with Rees will serve as an introduction to the British audience.
As the co-main event, we'll see a rematch between Seth "Mayhem" Mitchell (25-1-1, 19 KO) and Johnathon Banks (29-1-1, 19 KO).
In the first fight of the same card where Broner won his WBC title, Banks knocked out Mitchell in the second round and put the stories of another heavyweight hope to rest Mitchell was a prospective heavyweight contender, but Banks, who's been coaching Vladimir Klitchko after Emmanuel Steward deceased, showed what it looks like when a trained boxer meets a former football player.
You can watch the event in Boardwalk Hall, Atlantic City, on Sunday, February 17, from 3:30am live on Fight Channel.