Maccarinelli: Rees underestimated, he stops Broner late!

Phil Jay 14/02/2013

Former world cruiserweight champion Enzo Maccarinelli has backed compatriot Gavin Rees to abruptly end Adrien Broner’s WBC lightweight title reign with a shock stoppage on Saturday night.

Rees, 32, a former world champion himself at 140lbs, takes on his toughest challenge yet against highly-rated two-weight world title holder Broner when the pair clash at the Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City this weekend.

Maccarinelli insists that the confident American is guilty of overlooking the Welshman after their recent press conference and believes Rees has the mindset to finish the fight via knockout.

“I see Gavin stopping him in the later rounds,” Maccarinelli told World Boxing News.

“Broner is underestimating Gavin’s conditioning, both physically and mentally.

“Gavin is the most mentally tough guy I’ve ever met and I am certain he will cement himself as a true world beater come Saturday night!”

23 year-old Broner, who is 25-0 with 21 KO’s, is much-touted as the next superstar of the sport and goes into first defence of his 135lb belt as 33/1 on favourite – just with bookies in his Rees’ home country.

‘The Rock’ holds an impressive 37-1-1 record though, with his solitary loss coming at the light-welterweight limit and those odds do seem a little harsh on Rees, who has proved himself by far the best in Europe at the weight.