Boxing: Trainer was wrong to throw in the towel, says Gavin Rees
Sunday 17 February 2013
Gavin Rees said he disagreed with his trainer's decision to throw in the towel in the fifth round despite coming up well short against Adrien Broner, who retained his WBC lightweight title in Atlantic City.
The American champion scored two knockdowns in the bout late on Saturday night and took command with a powerful left hook to the body that forced Rees to take a knee in the fifth.
The Welshman got to his feet, but Broner landed a series of body shots and combinations that drove Rees into a corner and prompted his trainer, Gary Lockett, to wave a white towel. Referee Earl Brown halted the fight just before the end of the round.
"He kept coming and threw every shot like it was his best shot," Broner said. "I knew he would be tough. He's tougher than a steak that's well-done."
Broner controlled most of the bout, but Rees did not back down. The 32-year-old wasn't fazed by Broner's antics and continually pressed forward. At times, he 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," Lockett said. "I also considered stopping it after the third, but Gavin is too proud."
Broner scored his first knockdown in the fourth, catching Rees with one of his trademark right uppercuts. Rees got up and endured a savage beating along the ropes just before the bell sounded to end the round.
"I'm disappointed in my performance," Rees said. "I made a lot of mistakes. I have a better skillset 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."
Diving in at the deep end is no excuse for shirking the style stakes
Latest in Sport
- 2 Why I'm on the brink of burning my Israeli passport
- 4 War is war: Why I stand with Israel
- 5 Blackest is the new black: Scientists have developed a material so dark that you can't see it...
Sustained immigration has not harmed Britons' employment, say government advisers
War is war: Why I stand with Israel
Even when it brutalises one of its own teenage citizens, America is helpless against Israel
Socialist Worker called to apologise over ‘vile’ article saying Eton schoolboy Horatio Chapple's death is ‘reason to save the polar bears’
Emergency data law: David Cameron plots to bring back snoopers’ charter
NUT strike: David Cameron announces crackdown on strike action ahead of mass industrial action
£40000 - £60000 per annum + Benefits + Bonus: Harrington Starr: Dynamics CRM D...
£40000 - £45000 per annum + Benefits + Bonus: Harrington Starr: Web Developer ...
£50000 - £67000 per annum + Benefits + Bonus: Harrington Starr: C# R&D .NE...
£40000 - £50000 per annum + Benefits + Bonus: Harrington Starr: C# Developer (...