- Adrian Granados pressed the action from the opening bell, trying to smother former sparring partner Adrian Broner, who often looked to counter with right uppercuts and left hooks.
-Granados suffered a deep gash on the bridge of his nose following a clash of heads in Round 3, but even as the blood ran down his face, the Chicago native continued to come forward and bully Broner against the ropes.
-After exciting two-way action in the latter half of the fight, Broner landed a right uppercut-left hook combination that rocked Granados in the final 10 seconds. The finishing blows helped Broner win the round on two scorecards, which proved the difference the former four-division champ claiming a split decision win.
Adrien Broner insisted from the get-go that his fight against former sparring partner Adrian Granados wasn’t going to be easy. Some may have thought the former four-division champion was simply trying to hype a bout he was co-promoting. Turns out, he was being 100 percent truthful.
In a back-and-forth, action-packed 147-pound brawl, Broner (33-2, 24 KOs) escaped with a 10-round split decision before a partisan crowd of 6,085 in his hometown of Cincinnati.
The victory in his official 147-pound debut was Broner’s third in a row and came on the heels of a career-long 10-month layoff. Conversely, Granados (18-5-2) saw a five-fight winning streak halted as he ended up on the wrong side of a narrow decision for the fifth time in his 8½-year pro career.
Judges Steve Weisfeld (97-93) and Robert Pope (96-94) scored the contest in favor of Broner, while judge Phil Rogers had it 97-93 for Granados.
The familiarity between both fighters—who not only had a sparring history but are close friends—was evident from the outset. Knowing Broner had struggled in the past with aggressive opponents, Granados immediately pressed the action and continued to do so for virtually the entire 10 rounds.
Broner, however, was more than ready for Granados’ come-forward tactics, answering his fellow 27-year-old foe’s aggression with well-timed counterpunches, namely a right uppercut and left hook that frequently hit the mark.
Granados displayed his toughness, though, walking through shots and answering with several combinations to the head and body, usually while fighting in close. The Illinois native did so as blood streamed down his face after a clash of heads in Round 3 opened a gash on the bridge of his nose.
As much action as there was throughout the fight, there were also several lulls that were the result of frequent holding, much of which was initiated by Broner. That made the fight very difficult to score, as evidenced by the fact that the judges were in complete agreement on only the opening two rounds, with Broner sweeping Round 1 and Granados taking Round 2.
Even in the 10th and final round, the two fighters had their moments, including near the midpoint when they landed big right hands simultaneously. But two punches in the final 10 seconds—a short right uppercut-left hook combination by Broner—may have been the difference, as the former champ won the round on two scorecards, including Pope’s.
Had Pope given the 10th to Granados, the fight would’ve ended in a draw.
- Broner vs Granados