By Lyle Fitzsimmons - If nothing at all else, Adrien Broner knows how to answer adversity.
The 23-year-old from Cincinnati struggled mightily in a made-for-TV showcase against former 130-pound champ Daniel Ponce De Leon in March 2011, escaping with a unanimous decision from a fight that many – including long-time HBO judge Harold Lederman – claimed he’d lost.
Since then, he’s not left nearly as much room for viewer dissent.
In fact, none of five subsequent outings has come close to reaching a final bell, instead ending in a combined 21 rounds as the fighter labeled “The Problem” has vaulted from regional title-holder to consensus No. 1 quantity at both 130 and 135 pounds.
He’ll go for a sixth straight stoppage – and a 26th consecutive victory – when he meets Wales-based veteran Gavin Rees in the main event of another seashore premium cable broadcast from Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City.
And, in keeping with the brash persona he’s already begun to master, the two-division phenom spends little time enhancing the threat posed by his imminent foe.
“Who is that? Who are you talking about?” he said, when asked for any pre-fight knowledge of Rees, who’s lost once in 39 fights since turning pro in 1998. “I don’t know him.” [Click Here To Read More