by Michael Gluckstadt
In the lobby of Caesars Atlantic City, Gavin Rees had already put on his shirt and walked off the stage while Adrien Broner continued to yell, "It's fight time!" to his fans. This came after Broner had refused to part ways with his soda can before stepping onto the scales and whispered menacingly in his Welsh opponent's ear during the face-off for the cameras. As the 5'7" Broner leaned down toward his opponent, also listed at 5'7" but more generously so, a fan shouted, "He's short." Broner smiled widely and said, "It ain't about short, it's about class." Wearing leopard-print socks, he added, "Sex sells."
Broner (25-0, 21 KOs), after finally ditching the Sprite can for a brief second, weighed in at exactly 134 pounds. Rees (37-1-1, 18 KOs) came in at 134.5.
In the co-featured fight, Australia's Sakio Bika (30-5-2, 21 KOs) and his Montenegrin opponent Nikola Sjekloca (25-0, 7 KOs), both weighed in at 167.5 pounds for their 168-pound title eliminator bout.