Former four division world champion Adrien “The Problem” Broner (32-2, 24 KOs) is looking good in training camp showing excellent hand speed as he prepared for his 12 round fight against #4 WBA, #7 WBC Adrian Granados (18-4-2, 12 KOs) on February 18 at the U.S Bank Arena in Cincinnati, Ohio.
Broner, 27, is looking fast in training camp in getting ready for his match in less than two months. The Broner vs. Granados fight will be televised on Showtime Championship Boxing.
In the video by Fighthype, Broner is showing very fast hands and good ring movement. Whether Broner can do that against Granados for 12 rounds is the big question. If Broner can step on the gas early, he might be able to score a knockout win over Granados. It’ll be a risky thing for Broner to do though, because if he runs out of gas against Granados, he could wind up being made to look bad.
This is an unusual move for Broner in choosing to take the fight against Granados, because he could have been fighting for a world title against WBA light welterweight champion Ricky Burns. That’s a fight that the 33-year-old Burns and his promoter Eddie Hearn were interested in making. Instead, Broner chose to fight contender Granados. Perhaps Broner felt he needed a tune-up to get him ready for the Burns fight.
In any event, Granados is a tough opponent, and you can’t rule out a potential upset if Broner doesn’t bring his A-game for this fight. Granados has a five-fight winning streak stretching back to last year. Granados pulled off a big upset in beating the previously unbeaten Amir Imam by an 8th round knockout last year in November 2015. In 2016, Granados has fought once in defeating Ariel Vasquez by an eight round unanimous decision.
Broner has been out of action for the last eight months since his 9th round knockout victory over fringe level contender Ashley Theophane on April 1 at the DC Armory in Washington, DC. Broner lost his WBA World light welterweight title in that fight when he failed to make weight in coming in one-half pound over the light welterweight limit at 140.5lbs.
Broner cannot afford to lost to Granados, because he’s already been beaten by Shawn Porter and Marcos Maidana in the last three years. Broner has turned his career around with two straight knockout wins over Khabib Allakhverdiev and Ashley Theophane since losing to Porter in June 2015. Broner needs to beat Granados to move forward to the title shot against Burns. If the results of the Granados fight turns sour for Broner, it’s going to be difficult for him to turn his boxing career around.