Adrien Broner defeats Gavin Rees by KO, round 5 2:59
HBO's mega-star in the making Adrien Broner stepped in against Gavin Rees as the prohibitive favorite, with some calling him as much as an 80-1 favorite. And yet, for the first two round, Rees made it a close, competitive fight, using his hand speed and movement to catch Broner. In round 3, the tide started to turn in Broner's favor, but it was round 4 that really turned things around as Broner dropped Rees with a perfect one punch uppercut. In the 5th round, Broner continued to take the fight to Rees, dropping him with another uppercut, this time to the body. As the 5th round drew to a close, Rees's corner had seen enough and threw in the towel. Once again, an impressive showing from Broner, but Rees has nothing to be ashamed of here as he turned a potential runaway beatdown into a very intriguing fight.
Post-fight, Max Kellerman asked about the prospect of Broner moving up to 140 pounds, but Broner was non-committal. However, that seems to be the division where he can make his mark in boxing at this point.
Sakio Bika defeats Nikola Sjekloca by unanimous decision (120-108, 119-109, 118-112)
The fight opened the show, and was a one sided affair all the way, with Bika outboxing Sjekloca for 12 straight rounds. Unfortunately, it was not a particularly entertaining fight, as Sjekloca never figured out how to get in to the fight at all, while Bika never was able to score a knockdown or get Sjekloca in serious trouble. The talk is that this may mandate an Andre Ward vs. Bika rematch, but we'll see if that ends up happening.