Granados Predicts “Classic” Fight vs. Broner

The highly competitive nature of his well-documented sparring sessions against Adrien Broner haven’t left Adrian Granados overconfident.

All that time in the ring with Broner has, however, given Granados every reason to expect that he’ll give the former four-division champion everything he can handle February 18 in Cincinnati. Had he not helped Broner prepare for his fight against Marcos Maidana, the first loss of Broner’s career, Granados wouldn’t feel as confident about boxing Broner as he does.

Granados (18-4-2, 12 KOs) is more than a 2-1 underdog a week in advance of his 12-round welterweight fight against Cincinnati’s Broner (32-2, 24 KOs) at Xavier University’s Cintas Center, but the Chicago-area contender doesn’t feel like one because he remembers how well he exploited some of Broner’s weaknesses during sparring.

“It was a great experience,” Granados said during a conference call last week. “It reaffirmed to myself that I belong on that level. I mean, they were very competitive sparring sessions. They were very exciting and it was just a reminder that I belong at this level. I helped prepare Juan Manuel Marquez for his fight against Juan ‘The Baby Bull’ Diaz, when he beat him by knockout.

“And it, like I said, was a reminder that I belong at that level. Because as I was competitive with Juan Manuel Marquez, I was just as competitive with Adrien Broner. And just what I got from the sparring was like that if we ever fought it’s gonna be a very entertaining, very competitive, very high-action fight. So that’s definitely what I’m expecting next Saturday. It’s gonna be exciting for boxing. It’s gonna exciting for Showtime and the people there in Cincinnati, Ohio. It’s just gonna be a great fight. I have a feeling we’re gonna make a classic.”

While sparring experience is very valuable, the 27-year-old Granados recognizes that fight night will be a different deal altogether.

“I’m definitely old school and I think that goes out the window,” Granados said. “When we’re under the bright lights, smaller gloves, no headgear, it’s gonna be a free-for-all and may the best man win. And the best man will win that night. Sparring’s completely different from the fight – the show and the lights and the atmosphere. I’m not banking on the sparring sessions we had. I just know that, you know, I can compete with him and I can beat him. And I know he feels the same way about me. So, I mean, that’s why we’re in this fight. And it’s gonna be an electrifying night February 18th.”

Broner-Granados will headline a “Showtime Championship Boxing” tripleheader. Junior middleweights Marcus Browne (18-0, 13 KOs), of Staten Island, New York, and Thomas Williams Jr. (20-2, 14 KOs), of Fort Washington, Maryland, are set to open the telecast in a 10-rounder. In the co-featured fight, Russia’s David Avanesyan (22-1-1, 11 KOs) is scheduled to defend his WBA world welterweight title against Lamont Peterson (34-3-1, 17 KOs), a former IBF/WBA 140-pound champion from Washington, D.C.

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