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Rees fails to match up to Broner

Gavin Rees during his European and British Lightweight Championship match against Derry Mathews last year Credit: Dave Thompson/PA Archive/Press Association Images

Gavin Rees came up well short against rising star Adrien Broner, who retained his WBC lightweight title with a fifth-round stoppage in Atlantic City.

There was plenty of needle in the lead-up to the fight and that was perhaps in the 32-year-old Welshman's mind as he came racing out of the blocks.

But he had nothing to hurt Broner, the 23-year-old who justified his pre-fight trash talk by twice sending Rees to the canvas before the Welshman's corner called a halt to proceedings.

"He's the best I've been in with. He's world champion for a reason," Rees told Sky Sports 2. "He's already grown into a superstar.

"I made a lot of mistakes. My skillset's a lot better than that so I'm disappointed in a way.

"He was catching me with some great shots and the gameplan went out of the window. When you're stunned you don't think properly.

"I'm a warrior, I'm always going to get back up. I'd have carried on until he knocked me out cold."

Rees did all the work in round one, but Broner - whose shots were less regular but far more powerful - was unperturbed and demonstrated it with some trademark showboating in the second.

By the third there were signs Rees was already tiring himself out and he took a sustained barrage of hits to the head on the ropes just before the bell.

And any doubt which way the fight would go was erased in the fourth when Broner sent Rees crashing to the canvas with a huge right uppercut.

To his credit, Rees got back to his feet and even tried some showboating of his own in the fifth, but, though Rees had heart, Broner had an abundance of class and a shot to the body sent Rees to his knees.

Again the Welshman kept going, but with the shots raining in the trainer Gary Lockett waved the towel to signal the end and spare his man further punishment.

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Rees defends lightweight title

It was a good night for Welsh boxing last night as Gavin Rees retained his European lightweight title with a seventh round stoppage of Anthony Mezaache in Paris.

Rees stopped his opponent late in the seventh after earlier knocking down the Frenchman.

The former WBA world champion extends his record to 36 wins from 38 fights. He now faces a showdown with Scottish WBO lightweight championRicky Burns.Meanwhile, former WBO world cruiserweight champion Enzo Maccarinelli won the British cruiserweight title with a points victory over Shane McPilbin.

Maccarinelli had to pick himself up off the canvas twice in the early rounds to record a unanimous verdict in Wolverhampton.

It's thought Maccarinelli will now drop back down to light heavyweight in search of an all Wales world title clash with Nathan Cleverly.

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