Adrian Granados – Eye of the tiger
By Xavier Porter, Brooklynfights.com
November 9, 2016
Brooklyn, N.Y. – On February 11, 2017 Adrian “El Tigre” Granados will be facing the biggest test in career as he goes against Adrien “The Problem” Broner. Broner (32-2, 24 KOs) is a 4x world champion. With a win Broner will be step closer to another shot at a world title. Granados (18-4, 12 KOs) is also in position to get a shot at a world title.
Granados understands the position he’s in and has plans on proving to everyone that he is up for the challenge in defeating the former champion.
“I’m ranked #3 in the WBA and #5 in the WBC in my division. Broner wants to become a world champion again. I understand the way him and his team are thinking. By beating me it could get him a fight between with Ricky Burns (current WBA super lightweight champion). I can’t let that happen because I want to become a world champion, I want that fight against Burn.”
“I know that I’m going to be on the B-side. It won’t be the first time that I’ve been on the B-side for a fight. I’m ready to show the world what I can do against a fighter like Broner. I’m coming with a vengeance. He’s a good fighter. He has good speed and good power. He’s never been stopped and he’s a tough competitor. Mentally he’s going to bring his best and I have to be at my best come fight night.”
Raised on the south side of Chicago, Granados has beaten the odds many times before. He defeated a previous unbeaten Amir Imam (19-1, 16 KOs) by TKO on 11/28/15. Going into the fight many picked Imam to be the favorite to win the fight. However Granados showed his toughness and tenacity in stopping his opponent.
Granados shared his thoughts regarding other opponents that were looked at as potential fights and why he decided to take on the challenge in fighting Broner.
“My team (Journeyman Management, TGB Promotions) were contacted about several fights. I had a proposed contract to fight Ruslan Provodnikov (former WBO super lightweight champion) but then he and his team decided to fight John Molina, Jr. I was offered a rematch fight with Iman. I had no problem with giving him a rematch but I need to make a name for myself first.”
“I decided to fight Broner. He’s a much bigger name and he brings a bigger purse. This is the biggest fight I’ve had in my career. I was happy and relieved that I was offered this fight. I am humbled and ready to go to work. I have an opportunity to take my career to the top. I want to be the next 140 pound king. My first big test is Broner. I have to take my time, one fight at a time, but I want to become the undisputed 140 pound champion.”
With negotiations still taking place Granados will not allow anything to come between his focus with defeating Broner.
“Right now I’m focused on Feb 11. I can’t predict the future. The negotiations of the fight are still being finalized. We haven’t agreed on the weight of the fight or the venue. It doesn’t matter to me because I’ll make the weight and wherever we fight, once the bell rings, it will only be me and him in the ring. I know that Al Haymon and Showtime Boxing want to put on a good fight. I think it’s a great fight for Chicago and Cincinnati. It’s going to be a barn burner.”
There’s no denying the talent and skill that Broner possesses. With his amateur background and championship experience one would think this fight would be a breeze for Broner. However, in Granados you have a tough, pressure fighter, who throws non-stop punches and has a never quit attitude.
This fight has the makings of being Rocky Balboa vs Apollo Creed in the sense that Broner, just like Creed, is a flashy, a brash talker, and a showman of sorts while Granados, just like Rocky, is a hard worker, blue collar type of boxer who puts on his hardhat, boots, gloves and goes to work.
This fight is receiving lots of attention and will continue to receive during the lead up to it.
“To my friends and family I’d like to thank you for all your support,” Granados said, “I am coming to win and I will put on an exciting fight.”
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