NEW YORK — Gary Lockett expects the fighter he trains to walk into Boardwalk Hall on Saturday night and accomplish what Lockett couldn’t.
Like Rees, Lockett was an unheralded underdog from Wales who came to Atlantic City in June 2008 to challenge an undefeated, undisputed champion from Ohio in an HBO “World Championship Boxing” main event.
Kelly Pavlik, then 33-0 and fresh off two victories over Jermain Taylor, pummeled Lockett on his way to a third-round technical knockout win nearly five years ago. But Lockett firmly believes Rees (37-1-1, 18 KOs) is more than capable of pulling off what would be considered an enormous upset against Adrien Broner (25-0, 21 KOs) in their 12-round fight for Broner’s WBC lightweight title (HBO; 10:30 p.m. ET/PT).
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