Adrien Broner stopped Gavin Rees in five rounds to retain his WBC lightweight title
Last Updated: 17/02/13 7:46am
Gavin Rees was stopped in five rounds by WBC lightweight champion Adrien Broner in Atlantic City.
Rees was floored twice by the undefeated American before a powerful left hook to the body forced the challenger to take a knee in the fifth.
The Welshman got to his feet but a series of body shots and a flurry of combinations drove Rees into his corner and prompted trainer Gary Lockett to throw in the towel with referee Earl Brown calling a halt with just one second remaining of the round.
"He kept coming and threw every shot like it was his best shot," said Broner. "I knew he would be tough. He's tougher than a steak that's well-done."
Broner controlled most of the bout but 32-year-old Rees continually pressed forward and even did a little clowning himself, which drew some cheers from the fans.
"I wanted to stop the fight after four rounds, but Gavin said no way he was quitting," said Lockett. "I also considered stopping it after the third, but Gavin is too proud."
Broner sent Rees to the canvas in the fourth with a right uppercut but the Newbridge fighter made it to his feet and survived a savage beating on the ropes before the bell sounded.
"I'm disappointed in my performance," Rees said. "I made a lot of mistakes. I have a better skill set than that. He hits incredibly hard for a lightweight. I knew he hit hard, but the power just stunned me.
"But I disagree with my trainer stopping it. I was always going to get back up. I was going to get keep getting up until I got knocked out cold."
The defeat is the second in 40 fights for Rees, both by stoppage, while Broner improved his record to 26 straight wins with 22 inside the distance.