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Adrien Broner set to face Gavin Rees

Adrien Broner lands a punch on Daniel Ponce

Adrien Broner lands a punch on Daniel Ponce De Leon during the second round of their junior lightweight boxing match in Anaheim, Calif. (Credit: AP, 2011)

WBC lightweight champion Adrien Broner (25-0, 21 KOs) continues to exude confidence in his abilities. And that confidence grows with every fight.

"Everyone that's fighting me knows what they are going up against,” Broner said during a recent roundtable discussion. “I'm the best boxer of this era.”

The undefeated phenom will get a chance to back up that talk again on Saturday night when he takes on United Kingdom sensation Gavin Rees (37-1-1, 18 KOs) at the Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City on HBO.

This is an important fight for Broner, who became the headline for the card after the Jonathan Banks-Seth Mitchell fight was postponed due to a thumb injury suffered by banks.

"This is going to be a fun year for me,” said Broner. “I'm not looking past this fight, but I'm ready to fight whoever. We're going to take care of business Saturday night.”

Viewed by many as America’s next big boxing star, Broner hinted that he’s ready to move up in weight to etch his name in the minds of fight fans all over the world.

"I have my own legacy. Everybody has their own legacy,” Broner added. “Who knows? Maybe I go all the way up to 154 and win a championship. I know I could do it.”

Ress has other ideas for Broner and expressed as much during the final press conference.

"I've never been stopped. I can take him out in the first round, but I am ready to go into deep water if I have to,” said Reed. “Ether way, I have trained hard and will be ready to dictate the pace of the fight and not let him get away with a lot of what other fighters have let him do.”

Broner’s rash attitude has not been lost on Rees, who things the 23-year-old has gotten way ahead of himself.

Said Rees: "His attitude stinks man. He shows fighters no respect, but he hasn't even earned the right to do that. What has he done? I've been in the States for five weeks now and American boxing fans don't like him. They tell me they hope I beat him and shut him up. I think he acts like a fool for no reason and no one really likes that.”

Broner said he respects Rees, but doesn’t expect to take a loss.

"Put your glasses on because I am going to shine [Saturday night],” Broner said. “Hook, right, goodnight."

LI Native Ready for Round 2

Long Island native and US Olympian Jamel Herring (1-0) will take on Carlos Lopez (4-2) in a four-round junior welterweight bout in one of the non-televised undercards. The former Coram resident scored a unanimous-decision win over Jose Valderrama in his pro debut on December 8.

   

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