Granados: Ref Had Role in Porter Beating Me
Adrian Granados gives credit to Shawn Porter for his performance in their November 2017 bout, which Porter won by unanimous decision, with all judges scoring the bout 117-111 in Porter’s favor.
But Granados says he shouldn’t have lost on the margin the judges scored the bout, and he feels that the referee for their bout, Gary Rosato, helped him achieve victory by being more lenient in the rules with Porter than him.
In particular, Granados questions Rosato warning him of an elbow and giving Porter 13 seconds to rest in the middle of the 11th round, when Granados had Porter against the ropes and Porter was ducking away, looking at his father and trainer in the corner.
“I think I could’ve beat Porter,” Granados told said. “I think I was even close to stopping him towards the end. But the one thing I haven’t even said in any interviews is that I was very upset with the refereeing in that fight. I thought it was one-sided. The referee kept breaking my momentum. Every time he would separate us, he would push me again. There was no need for that. He repeatedly pushed me extra.
“And then there was even one time Shawn hurt his hand, and I came in to hit him more, and he stopped me and made sure he was OK. Like, ‘Are you OK?’ He let him talk to his corner and then he let him continue. It’s like, ‘C’mon, man.’ It’s a fight, you know? I thought he saved Shawn there. Because I even remember I heard in the corner he was ready to give up already. But, you know, his dad pushed him [to continue]. But I think Shawn got some help from the referee in that fight.”
Porter now goes on to fight Danny Garcia for the vacant WBC Welterweight Title on Sept. 8, a bout which Granados considers could go either way.
“I don’t take away that he beat me,” Granados said. “He did beat me. But it took me a while to kind of figure out what fight to come with [against] him. And once I realized that I could fight him with the bully fight, too, like wrestle with him, he kind of like broke down and he just started running. Towards the end, it was just kind of like disgusting how much he kept holding and putting his head down.
“He was doing anything just to survive, and the referee never gave him a warning for anything. It was always me being warned and me getting the lower end of the fight…There’s no excuses. Like I said, Shawn did beat me that night. I just feel like he got help from that referee.”
Original Story: Boxing Scene