Adrien Broner To Face Dangerous Adrian Granados
By Robert Brizel, Head Real Combat Media Boxing Correspondent
Cincinnati, Ohio (January 8th, 2017 )– On February 18, 2017, Adrien Broner will face the toughest 147 pound test of his career against the dangerous Adrian Granados. This will be the ultimate test for Broner, 32-2 with 24 knockouts, Cincinnati, Ohio, the former World Boxing Council World Lightweight champion and World Boxing Association World Welterweight champion. Nicknamed ‘the problem’, in fact real problems with the law have created problems for Broner, once considered the brightest prospect in the lower weights before Errol Spence came along.
Broner’s big mouth, which have earned him cheers and jeers from the boxing public, may not be enough to prevent Granados, 18-4-2 with 12 knockouts, Cicero, Illinois, from scoring an upset in the scheduled 12 rounder at U.S. Bank Arena in Cincinnati. Granados is 0-2 with one draw in 10 rounders, and has never gone 12 rounds. Broner has won all six of his 10 round bouts, and has won 10 of his 11 bouts scheduled for 12 rounds.
Experience counts, but is not a key in this bout, whereby Granados, a fine technical boxer with considerable power, will try to win rounds and put them in the bank early against Broner, who is not a slow starter. The win here will go to the fighter who outworks the other and wins most rounds technically going into rounds nine, ten, eleven and twelve.
Broner is hoping his experience can win him the late championship rounds. Granados is world class, though, and will not fold. Broner will be forced to win hard fought rounds in ever round, and this win will go to the fighter who trains harder, wants it more, and who outworks the other in a close, furious bout.
Prediction: Broner by unanimous decision or majority decision in 12, or Granados win TKO 11 if the bout does not go the distance. A couple of knockouts are likely in a bang-bang bout like this, where power shots may rule. The knockdowns could affect the scoring and the outcome of the bout. Granados finished 18-0 Amir Imam in the eighth round a year ago. If Broner does not do the work required to train for this bout, he may be in for a rude awakening with Granados, who is poised to score another upset. The winner of this bout gets a world title shot. Can Broner rise up to the world championship level again? As William Shakespeare would note, that is the question. Punches, not words, affect the official scorecards.