Danny Garcia, reeling from two losses in his last three fights, made a hell of a statement tonight, dropping Adrian Granados three times and handing the rugged veteran the first stoppage loss of his career.
Granados (20-7-2, 14 KO) made it competitive in the first round, slightly outlanding Garcia (35-2, 21 KO), but from there it was one-way traffic. “Swift” dropped Granados twice in the second round with his signature left hook and a nasty overhand right, then proceeded to outland him for the rest of the fight. Granados, who normally makes up for a lack of one-shot power with volume, simply didn’t have the tools to turn the tide.
Both the referee and Granados’ corner expressed concerns with the beating he was taking, and when Garcia unloaded on the ropes halfway through the seventh round, the referee stepped into call the fight. Garcia ultimately outlanded him 125-32.
Granados is legendarily durable and persistent, but his inability to hurt Garcia and the latter’s massive power edge made this a wash once Garcia got past his customary slow start. Though I doubt he’ll retire, this was the sort of rubbing that can permanently affect someone’s career.
Garcia, meanwhile, now has a strong claim for another title shot once the Paquiao-Thurman, Spence-Porter situations resolve themselves. He certainly looked like a threat tonight.