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Granados ready to impress on Friday Night Fights

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By Matthew Paras


Adrian Granados’ first fight on ESPN’s Friday Night Fights was memorable for all the wrong reasons.

 

Granados, 11-2-2 (7), was matched up with former welterweight titlist Kermit Cintron. On paper, it was an intriguing matchup with a young up-and-comer against a former champion. In the ring, the fight was dull. Even worse, Granados ended up with a draw in a fight most people felt he deserved a win.

 

Fortunately for Granados, the 23-year old fighter will get another opportunity to be on Friday Night Fights tonight against Mark Sasler, 15-0 (9). The young fighter realizes how crucial it is to impress this time around.


“It’s exciting,” Granados said. “It’s great. I think it’s perfect for me. To bounce right back from the Cintron fight and I’m planning on looking impressive in this fight to show them that decision was a fluke.”

 

While he is focusing on Salser, his decision against Cintron still rubs Granados the wrong way. Three judges had the fight 96-94 for Granados, 95-95, and a mind-staggering 97-93 for Cintron. Maxboxing had the fight 97-93 for Granados.

 

“There’s no doubt I won that fight,” Granados said. “Cintron himself even told my trainers privately that I won that fight. He knows I won that fight.

 

“I think it was entertaining enough because I did my best for it,” he added. “I was making the fight and taking it to him. He knew it too that’s why he tried to bait back. I thought it was a good showing either way.”

 

Against Salser, Granados is facing yet another counter-puncher. However unlike his fight against Cintron, Granados said that he expects Salser to be more willing to fight. He also plans to take the fight to Salser.

 

To help matters, the fight will also be at 140 pounds. Granados has fought in both weight classes but feels more comfortable at junior welterweight.

 

“You just have to look at him – he’s chiseled,” said Granados’ trainer George Hernandez. “Remember, he’s been evolving. H was a kid. When he first came to me, he had baby fat.”

 

If he wins, Granados wants to remain active. Granados has his eye on the undercard of the tentatively scheduled Adrien Broner-Marcos Maidana fight. Following his fight against Salser, Granados will travel to Cincinnati and then Las Vegas to be Broner’s main sparring partner for Maidana.

 

“We take it one fight at a time,” Granados said. “I’m not getting ahead of myself. That’s exciting to work with Adrien Broner, but I’m focused on the task at hand.”

 

For now, he’ll have to prove his worth against the likes of Salser. It’s been a 12-week training camp, the longest of Granados’ career. Hernandez said that Granados originally planned to have an interim fight but couldn’t secure an opponent. The fallout has left Granados in the gym the whole time, keeping him in shape and giving him more experience.

 

“I do see that [Salser] has a perfect 15-0 record but the thing is who has he been in there with?” Granados said. “He hasn’t been in there with somebody of my caliber. I’ve been in there with tough fights. I’ve been in there with the best already. That’s going to really come into fruition in the fight.”



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