Conor Benn Keeps His Unblemished Record Intact With Win Over Adrian Granados
Following his latest in-ring contest, welterweight Conor “The Destroyer” Benn (18-0, 12 KO’s) emerged victorious with a clean unanimous decision win. This successful endeavor came at the expense of the hard-nosed fighter Adrian “Tigre” Granados (21-9-3, 15 KO’s).
With the win, the son of boxing legend Nigel “The Dark Destroyer” Benn edges one step closer to a full world title shot. This bout marked the fifth defense of his secondary WBA continental welterweight title. He first captured the vacant title three years ago in his dustup with Cedrick Peynaud. At the moment, Benn is ranked #11 (WBC), #12 (WBA) and #13 (IBF).
Understandably, the defeat comes as another heartbreaking loss for Granados who entered the bout coming off a draw. In his last ten bouts, Tigre is 3-5-1 and one no contest. While Granados has not shown much interest in retirement, the odds of securing a world title seem bleak, at best.
OUTWORKED AND OVERWHELMED
Almost immediately, Granados was visibly uncomfortable in the ring with Benn who displayed zero respect for him. Even though he sacrificed technique, the Destroyer was putting everything he had in his power shots which obviously had tremendous torque. For the first couple of rounds, Benn fought like Granados had gripped his mother’s butt in church. Yet, by the end of the third, the champion had settled down a fraction. Tigre slid in his shots here and there, but his adversary easily overshadowed his work.
Beginning in the fourth and fifth rounds, the Destroyer refocused his attack from the head to the body. The tactics paid dividends as his connect percentage shot up greatly. Granados enjoyed a fair amount of success in the seventh by stepping to Benn and fighting in the pocket. However, te moment was short-lived. Tigre was back to scampering around the ring looking for asylum in the eighth. After a fairly decent ninth round, Granados quizzically opted to end the bout literally running away and clowning for the audience. He was heckled by the audience and glared at by Ben for his trouble. When the final verdict was revealed, Conor Benn won by a wide and obvious unanimous decision.
By: Bakari Simpson