Adrian Granados feels he’s primed to upset Danny Garcia
By John J. Raspanti
He’s the bridesmaid, but never the bride the B-side to the A and in all his big fights, the underdog. He’s been called hard-luck, due to a record showing five of his six loses by split, or majority decision. He fought to a draw against former world champion, Kermit Cintron.
It makes sense that he’ll be fighting on the same night as another that has drawn much interest (five articles alone on maxboxing) and discussion. But one thing is certain, Adrian Granados always brings it.
He’s very aware of how he has gotten to this point.
“I know that I’m known for putting on great fights and just coming up short,” Granados said during a international media conference call a few days ago to discuss his fight with Danny Garcia April 20. “I’m tired of it. I’m definitely going to go out there and put on a dominating performance. I’m ready for the task at hand.”
His opponent is Philadelphia’s former two-division world champion, Danny Garcia, who sports an impressive record of 34 wins and only two losses. Garcia doesn’t like seeing those two “L’s” on his record, because he felt he won both fights.
“Those are definitely fights I want to avenge,” Garcia said during the same conference call. “I want revenge on those fights because I obviously feel like I did enough to win both of those fights, but I can’t worry about that now.”
Granados, who was born in Berywn, Illinois, and resides in Cicero, fights with an edge.
“Over the years, he’s (Garcia) mentioned my name in a negative, derogatory way,” Granados said in an article by Lance Pugmire of The Los Angeles Times. “There’s a chip on my shoulder. I want to keep him on his heels and my pressure may be able to break him. I feel I’m the better fighter, with more speed. And with my punch output, I believe I can lay a lot of hands on him.”
WBC welterweight champion Shawn Porter, who fought and defeated Granados, and Garcia, feels that his match with Granados was tougher, based on Granados’ pressure and relentlessness.
It doesn’t sound like Garcia is getting much love here, but he’s a good fighter. His nickname, “Swift” has always baffled me. He’s not that, but he’s precise and has his own rhythm.
A pro 12 years now, Garcia has faced the top guys in his division. He holds victories over an aged Erik Morales, knocked out Amir Khan, and Paulie Malignaggi, and impressively defeated “in his prime” Lucas Matthysse.
In 2016, he captured the vacant WBC title by defeating Robert Guerrero. He lost it to Keith Thurman. Garcia thought he won that fight, but honestly, he did just enough to lose. Thurman outhustled him. The same could be said about his loss to Porter.
Will he tweak his style when he faces Granados this Saturday night?
"I can’t go in there and fight a fight that’s not my fight.” Garcia told Mark Lelinwalla of www.sportingnews.com. “So, definitely try to be a little bit more dominant, but as far as everything else, I’m still going to continue to fight my fight."
That fight is being a counter puncher. Garcia likes to wait and look for openings. The waiting has cost him. The old adage, “Let your hands go” fits Garcia. He likely won’t have a choice though, as Granados will be the pursuer all night.
“I’ definitely got to come in and really just take the fight, “said Granados. “They’re not going to give me a fight ever. So, I’m going to go out there and have to take it.”
Maybe some luck will be on his side this time.