By Sam Geraci and Kurt Wolfheimer at ringside
Photos: Ed Mulholland
WBC lightweight champion Adrien “The Problem” Broner (25-0, 21 KOs) outclassed former WBA 140lb titleholder Gavin Rees (37-1-1, 19 KOs) with an impressive fifth round TKO on Saturday night at Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City. Rees got off to a good start, but 33:1 favorite Broner took over in round three and floored Rees with a huge right uppercut in round four. A body shot in round five put Rees down again before Rees’ corner called it off. Time was 2:59.
In a WBC super middleweight title eliminator, number two rated contender Sakio “The Scorpion” Bika (31-5-2, 21 KOs) took a one-sided twelve round unanimous decision over previously unbeaten and number one rated Nikola Sjekloca (25-1, 7 KOs). Scores were 119-109, 118-112, 120-108. Bika is now mandatory challenger for WBC champion Andre Ward.
In a bout for the USBA junior middleweight title, Charles Whittaker (39-14-2, 23 KOs) of Miami, FL, retired in his corner after the sixth to Demetrius “The Gladiator” Hopkins (33-2-1, 13 KOs) of Philadelphia, PA, because he was unable to see out his left eye. Hopkins scored consistently with his overhand right and scored a knockdown with it in the fourth. The official time of the TKO was 3:00 of the sixth.
In his first bout since losing by fifth round TKO to Adrien Broner in July, junior lightweight Vicente Escobedo (26-5, 15 KOs) of Woodland, CA, was stopped by Edner “The Cherry Bomb” Cherry (31-6-2, 17 KOs) of Miami, FL, in the sixth round by TKO at 3:00. Cherry controlled every round and scored a knockdown in the second and two knockdowns in the sixth.
Bantamweight Rau’Shee Warren (3-0, 1 KO) of Cincinnati, OH, overwhelmed and outclassed the winless Richard Hernandez (0-6) of Lockhart, TX, to score a TKO at 2:04 of the second. Warren scored two knockdowns in the second before the corner of Hernandez threw in the towel.
Lightweight Robert Easter Jr. (3-0, 3 KOs) of Toledo, OH, scored a first round TKO over Jose Valderrama (3-4, 3 KOs) of Manati, PR. Referee Allan Huggins called a halt to the bout after the ringside physician determined that the cut above the right eye of Valderrama was too damaging to continue.
In the opening bout of the evening, 2012 Olympian Jamel Herring (2-0, 1 KO) of Coram, NY, outclassed Carlos Lopez (4-3) of San Juan, PR, en route to a third round TKO in the junior welterweight division.