Originally posted on Pro Boxing Fans  |  Last updated 12/31/12

YOUNGSTOWN, OH - DECEMBER 19: Kelly Pavlik celebrates after defeating Miguel Espino for the World Middleweight Championship during their match at the Beeghly Center on December 19, 2009 in Youngstown, Ohio. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)
In this week’s three punch combo I will first explain why I have no issues with Adrien Broner’s upcoming fight on February 16th.  Next, I will look at why the cancellation of his fight with Andre Ward may be a positive for the career of Kelly Pavlik. And finally, I'll take a peek ahead to the boxer I feel may put on the breakout performance of 2013. Adrien Broner’s Upcoming Bout This week Adrien Broner’s opponent for his February 16th Lightweight title defense in Atlantic City was finally announced. He will be facing former WBA Light Welterweight Champion Gavin Rees. And the selection of Rees as the opponent has drawn quite a bit of criticism from boxing fans. I think the criticism of Adrien Broner in this situation is completely unjust.  First, as fight fans, we should be excited that Broner is willing to stay active. Oftentimes we come down very hard on fighters, particularly those rising in stature like Broner, for not staying busy enough.  So let’s be appreciative that we ha...
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