BRONER VS. GRANADOS PREVIEW BY ZO CROOKS
By Zo Crooks, Real Combat Media Chicago Correspondent
Cincinnati, Ohio (February 16, 2017)– Adrien Broner (32-2, 24 KOs), the #4 WBC light welterweight contender will be square off Saturday night on February 18 against #4 WBA, #7 WBC Adrian Granados (18-4-2, 12 KOs) in what could be a classic match-up on Showtime Championship Boxing at the Cintas Center, in Cincinnati, Ohio (Showtime, 9 p.m. ET/6 p.m. PT).
This fight was originally scheduled at a catchweight of 142lbs, but changes have been made to have the fight moved up to 147lbs at the request of Broner and his camp. That means that Broner couldn’t make the weight originally agreed to. Whether this gives Broner the advantage remains to be seen but Granados is game for it! I don’t know if AB is going to campaign at 147 from this point on or train harder next time to remain in the light welterweight division which is just as stacked as the welterweight division.
A win for Granados can really change things for him. Since coming off of a tough loss to Brad Solomon on the undercard of Floyd Mayweather vs. Manny Pacquiao, he has looked very impressive winning five in a row including a huge upset of Amir Iman, whom many considered one of the best up and coming boxers of the division. To put it plain and simple…Granados is no punk!!!! “It would be a huge victory for me,” said Granados. “I definitely believe it could change my life and the life of my family and the life of my teammates. I plan on coming out with that victory. However, I understand the odds and the way that they’re stacking it up,” said Granados.
As for AB, it’s business as usual. When dude is on top of his game he looks unstoppable! However we have seen the best and worst of Broner at times. My only concern is his consistency and focus when it comes to his career. Matching up with Granados is not a title fight so I wonder what AB is going to show up. A loss to Granados would be damaging! I know he possess the skills, never doubted his abilities nor his heart! WIth names like Terrence Crawford, Mikey Garcia, Keith Thurman, and Errol Spence to name a few, AB is going to have to step it up!
On the undercard, returning to action for the first time since October 2015, former two-time 140-pound titleholder Lamont Peterson (34-3-1, 17 KOs) will challenge 147-pound champion David Avanesyan (22-1-1, 11 KOs). This bout will be featured as the co-main event.
Since 2011, Peterson has won six of eight fights, including victories over former world champions Amir Khan and Kendall Holt. His only career losses are to current or former world champions: Danny Garcia (robbery), Lucas Matthysse (third-round TKO, May 2013) and Timothy Bradley (unanimous decision, December 2009).
Avanesyan became an interim 147-pound world champion in November 2015, when he defeated Charlie Navarro by ninth-round TKO. He defended that crown in May when he won a unanimous decision against five-time world champ Shane Mosley. A 29-year-old Russian, Avanesyan’s only career defeat occurred in his second fight, a six-round points loss to future 130-pound title challenger Andrey Klimov.
Also part of the February 18 undercard is an intriguing 10-round, 175-pound matchup between undefeated knockout artist Marcus Browne (18-0, 13 KOs) and former title challenger Thomas Williams Jr. (20-2, 14 KOs).
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