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Granados - Cintron battle to controversial split draw

By Matthew Paras

CHICAGO – Who says the hometown fighter is always on the gracious end of a bad decision?

In what was an absolute stunner, the co-main event of ESPN’s “Friday Night Fights” between Adrian Granados and Kermit Cintron was announced as a split draw Friday with the three judges having it 96-94 for Granados, 97-93 for Cintron, and 95-95. Maxboxing had the fight 97-94 for Granados.

For most the fight, Granados, 11-2-2 (7), was seemingly in control. The 23 year-old slugger from Chicago relied on his speed and superior reflexes to outbox Cintron, 33-5-2 (28), from a distance.

Cintron, however, did have his moments. In rounds four and five, Cintron landed the heavier blows that appeared to hurt Granados. Cintron’s lankiness was also effective when the former world champion tied Granados up on the inside.

“I think it was a bad decision on their part,” Cintron said afterwards. “I had it 6-4 to be honest with you. I gave him some angles and was working on things. I showed it tonight. I was a little off, but I felt good.”

Granados readjusted in the following rounds and took advantage of Cintron’s inactivity. Granados, 146, constantly landed the cleaner punches in moments where the action lulled. In round six, Granados came out much more aggressive and landed a series of punches that hurt Cintron.

Cintron recovered well and arguably stole round seven by negating Granados’ aggression. Still, Cintron remained inactive in the following rounds and Granados took advantage of it.

“It just comes with rust,” Cintron said regarding his inactivity. “I hurt him a couple of times and I should have jumped on him.”

The draw is not the first draw of either man’s career. In 2009, Cintron received a very generous draw in a bout with now Middleweight champion Sergio Martinez. Granados received his first draw in a disputed decision against Lanardo Tyner.

The fight was Cintron’s first fight in 16 months and first at Welterweight since 2008. Granados previously fought in December, stopping Chicago fighter Antonio Canas in the sixth round.

Attached is the official score-sheet from the bout:

Bout card
Here is the official score-sheet from the bout:

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