As Adrian Granados (18-4-2, 12 KOs) gears up to challenge Adrien Broner (32-2, 24 KOs) in his own hometown of Cincinnati next weekend, he say it’s his opportunity to prove that he belongs on the world stage.
"We finally have a huge opportunity. I feel I paid my dues. I know Amir Imam wasn't a fluke. And the robberies on my record were just that - robberies. You get in the ring with Adrian Granados and you're going to get a hell of a fight.
"It's a tough fight. People are saying I'm going to have to fight like Marcos Maidana. But I'm going to be Adrian Granados and I'm going to win my way.”
Granados is dedicating this fight to his friend Ed Brown, who fell victim to Chicago’s rampant gun violence this past December, and says that beating Broner on Showtime will be an inspiration for his city.
"Winning this fight not only changes my life, but it changes a lot of other lives. Beating Broner would change the sport in Chicago.”
Granados should have his work cut out for him, though, as Adrien Broner stands firm that he has completely dedicated himself to the sport of boxing after going through a troubled 2016. Whether or not the actually proves to be true should begin to reveal itself on fight night, Feb. 18th.