Adrien Broner was comfortably under the limit for his title defence against Gavin Rees

By Adam Norman.   Last Updated: 16/02/13 11:08am

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Adrien Broner (R) meets Sky's Johnny Nelson

Adrien Broner (R) meets Sky's Johnny Nelson

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Adrien Broner weighed in a pound under the lightweight limit ahead of his WBC title defence against Welshman Gavin Rees.

The brash American took to the scales slugging from a canned drink, as if to emphasize his comfort at making the 135lb (9st 9) weight.

The 23-year-old then proceeded to talk in the ear of Rees throughout the face-off, which didn't come about as the Welshman - who tipped the scales half a pound inside the limit - looked at the cameras.

Broner, a two-weight world champion, notoriously struggled to make the limit at super-featherweight but is clearly more at home at the higher weight class.

He won the WBC belt on his debut at 135lb, beating Antonio DeMarco last year, and will go into Saturday's fight in Atlantic City an overwhelming favourite.

How they stack up

Age: 23
Nickname: The Problem
Stance: Orthodox
Height: 5-7
Reach: 71in
From: Cincinnati, Ohio
Record: 25-0 (21)

Age: 32
Nickname: The Rock
Stance: Orthodox
Height: 5-4
Reach: 64in
From: Newbridge, Wales
Record: 37-1-1 (18)

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