Adrian Granados plans a breakout performance when the Mexican pits his wits against four-weight world champion Adrien Broner in Cincinnati, Ohio on February 18.
At 27, and with four losses on his record, Granados needs to add to his five straight victories, which includes a knockout of previously undefeated Amir Imam, in order to stave off move back into obscurity.
Take away the Imam shock, and ‘El Tigre’ has been defeated each time he’s stepped up in class and sees the Broner fight as an opportunity to silence any doubters.
“Adrien Broner is a great fighter. He’s a four-division champion and that’s no fluke,” said Granados.
“He’s fought everybody at the championship level. Now he’s giving me this opportunity and I’ve let it be known that the best man will win.
“I was in camp with Adrien Broner when he fought Marcos Maidana, so I know him pretty well. I’ve been compared to Maidana, but everyone has their own style. I’m going to get this win my own way.
“I’m focused on what I have to do as a fighter. We have different weapons and we can mix it up and fight in different ways. The accumulation of my punches can wear a fighter down.
“It’s a great honor to be here and I’ve let Adrien know that I’m grateful for the opportunity. This is a great fight for boxing. There are a lot of great big fights out there and our fight isn’t as well-known, but if you know boxing, you know that I come to win.
“We’re going to wait and see round by round. I don’t like going to the judges’ scorecard and fighting in his hometown, I’m going to try to get a knockout.
“I have to do anything in my power to keep the fight out of the judges’ hands,” he added.