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Adrien Broner discusses Gamboa, Rios, Burns, and staying at lightweight

Adrien Broner blasted Gavin Rees last night in Atlantic City, and was hit with post-fight questions about facing the likes of Ricky Burns, Yuriorkis Gamboa, and Brandon Rios.

Scott Christ is the managing editor of Bad Left Hook and has been covering boxing for SB Nation since 2006.

Following last night's stoppage of Gavin Rees, one of the big questions, of course, is what Adrien Broner will do next. The 23-year-old WBC lightweight champ wasn't shy about saying he's looking for the most money he can find, but did address post-fight press conference questions about Ricky Burns, Yuriorkis Gamboa, and Brandon Rios.

Broner (26-0, 22 KO) seemed most interested in Burns, a fighter he was signed to face in 2011 before that fell through, and recently negotiated with, which also didn't happen.

"We're gonna see if Ricky Burns. I'm pulling for Ricky Burns," he said. "I hope he wins. I'm praying that he wins. We'll just see what happens in his fight, and we'll go from there."

Gamboa has been another potential opponent discussed in recent weeks. The Cuban moved up to lightweight in December, coming back from a long layoff to get past Michael Farenas on the Pacquiao-Marquez IV undercard. Though Gamboa wasn't particularly impressive that night, his new promoter 50 Cent called out Broner after the fight.

Broner, though, has taken issue with a recent report that named Gamboa as a client of a Miami clinic that supplied athletes with performance-enhancing drugs, and brushed off a question about fighting him.

"Yuriorkis Gamboa is fighting on PEDs," Broner said. "He's on PEDs. I don't wanna hear about Yuriorkis Gamboa. Tell him to go get his piss clean, and then he can come talk to Adrien Broner. Other than that, he's done."

As for the popular brawler Rios, Broner acknowledged without saying it that a fight with the Top Rank star is next to impossible to make. "I've said it. If Brandon Rios wants to fight me, we can fight. I don't pick my fights, I fight whoever they put in front of me."

There are already anxious calls for Broner to move up to the 140-pound division, but he's not exactly chomping at the bit to do so, and says he's staying at lightweight for the time being.

"As long as HBO keeps paying me to fight these lightweighs, man. I've never been on a farm but I'm milking the cow real good."

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