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Adrien Broner not taking Gavin Rees lightly ahead of Feb. 16 fight

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Adrien Broner is the big-time favorite against Gavin Rees in their upcoming fight, but the WBC lightweight champ says he's not taking his challenger lightly.

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Despite his status as the overwhelming favorite on February 16, Adrien Broner says he won't take Gavin Rees lightly in his 2013 debut, as the rising star returns to Atlantic City and HBO to defend his WBC lightweight title.

From RingTV.com:

"My main focus is just staying sharp, staying focused and to be mentally and physically prepared for this fight, and I will be. No fight is a stepping stone," said Broner.

"Because in any fight, you can be knocked out or beat. So like I've said before, and I'm going to make this real clear for everybody who is listening, every fight, I train for every fight like it's the biggest and the last fight of my life."

Broner (25-0, 21 KO) has wiped out five straight opponents on HBO since a struggle against Daniel Ponce De Leon in 2011, going no more than eight rounds in any of his fights since then, and the eight rounder was against Antonio DeMarco last November, which was a totally one-sided beating.

Rees (37-1-1, 18 KO) is a hard-nosed, tough, valiant fighter who is going to give his best effort. But the best we've ever seen of Rees doesn't seem like it's going to compare whatsoever to what Broner brings to the table. Broner is bigger, faster, stronger, younger, and just plain better on the eye test. There is nothing Rees does better than Broner, and that's why Broner is such a heavy favorite.

If Broner's really going to come at Rees hard from the get-go, which there's no reason to believe won't be the case, expect another fight that doesn't go near the distance.