WBC lightweight champion Adrien Broner may be guilty of underestimating the challenge of former light-welterweight world title-holder Gavin Rees, with just a week remaining until the pair square off.
The undefeated emerging superstar of the sport is maybe swapping self-confidence for borderline arrogance in the build-up to the contest after the American asked his fans to pick which round that he stops the Welshman.
Rees, who has lost just once in 39 contests, have proven himself the best in Europe since losing his 140lb belt to Andriy Kotelnik in 2008 and has earned the right to face the world’s best at 135lbs.
The 32 year-old is set to provide the sternest test yet for ‘The Problem’ and it will be interesting to see how the fight develops as Broner realises that he is in with a class operator in Rees.
There is no doubt that Broner, 23, has the ability to stop any fighter he faces, but for me it shows a little disrespect to Rees, who has proven his worth on more than one occasion and deserves more courtesy as the fight nears.
The clash takes place at the Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City a week today and will be compulsive viewing as the boxing world gets another glimpse of the pound for pound star of the future that is Adrien Broner.