Danny Garcia passes the Adrian Granados test!
Former WBC welterweight champion Danny Garcia (34-2, 20KOs) will be looking to bounce back from his defeat at the hands of Shawn Porter. Adrian Granados (20-6-2 14KOs) has been a bridesmaid and never the bride.
This is probably his final opportunity on the big stage, so he’ll be highly motivated and with his style, he’s going to push the fight at all times. Danny Garcia is a natural counter-puncher, so Granados’ style kind of fits into his strengths.
The fight starts as expected, with the Illinois native throwing double and triple jabs at the former champion. Garcia, who’s usually a slow starter, capitalized on Granados’ aggression, landing some strong counters.
In round two, Garcia drops the underdog, who threw a sloppy lead uppercut with his chin in the air. The Chicago native is dropped by a right-hand to end the round. The key to these knockdowns is Garcia’s head movement, as he’s slipping to positions where Granados can’t see him.
In round three, the former champ is simply beating Granados from pillar to post. Not only does Danny Garcia have the advantage in power, he’s the better boxer; maintaining better angles in exchanges.
To start round five, Garcia knocks his opponent down again with a brilliant combination with a left hook to the body followed by a crunching right uppercut. The referee point blank tells Granados “If you don’t show me nothing or go down again, I’m stopping this!” Granados would heroically survive the sixth round before his stoppage in the seventh.
As for what’s next for both fighters, Granados should seriously consider retirement. His effort was valiant but, it’s clear he can’t beat any of the top welterweights.
As for Garcia he’s right back in the mix. He has been one of the most watched PBC fighters and is now the first man to stop Granados. He’s now the dark horse in the Manny Pacquiao sweepstakes or could be next for WBC champ Shawn Porter if IBF champion Errol Spence opts for a showcase fight this summer.
By: Corey Cunningham