Adrian Granados is frustrated
On the night of August 19, as Terence Crawford dispatched Julius Indongo in three rounds for all the belts in the junior welterweight division, fellow 140-pounder Adrian Granados, who watching at home in Chicago, sent out a series of tweets that evening…
I feel like I'm ready to retire having to watch bullshit like this meanwhile I just wait around wasting my prime years away smh #fuckboxing
— Adrian Granados (@ELTigreAG) August 20, 2017
So @budcrawford402 gonna vacate everything and I'm gonna sit back and watch all these bums at 140 fight for his belts that I should have 😂😂😂
— Adrian Granados (@ELTigreAG) August 20, 2017
Now, if he sounds frustrated, well…it’s because he is.
Since battling Adrien Broner, tooth and nail, back on February 18 in Cincinnati, Ohio, he has been dormant.
The day after Crawford-Indongo, Granados told UCNLive.com, “It’s been a frustrating last few years, from age 26, 27, 28, I’ve only had three bouts. Obviously I had the big win versus Amir Imam. After that, I got a tune-up after waiting a year. I had a fight with Ruslan Provodinikov, which got spoiled by politics. Then I got the fight with Adrien Broner, this year in February, but, ever since then, it’s been more waiting.
“I’m completely frustrated because I feel like my prime years are being wasted.”
Granados dropped a split decision to Broner (and there are more than a few who believe he deserved to have his hand raised in victory) but it was the type of performance that is relatively easy to capitalize on, despite the end result. While Broner was given a shot at Mikey Garcia in late July, Granados has been sidelined.
“Pretty much, we keep getting the same excuse that I’m high risk/no reward,” explained Granados, repeating this familiar boxing mantra. “A lot of fighters do respect me and they’re like, ‘No, I’m not going to take that chance.’ I feel like it’s petty. I feel like it’s lame. What happened to the good old days of the best trying to challenge themselves with the best? I feel like I got the record. You should fight me, no problem, but obviously people know about my record and they know it doesn’t mask the real fighter I am.
“But I just keep getting that I’m high risk/no reward and that I’m a dangerous fight, so a lot of people aren’t trying to fight me.”
Granados has a record of 18-5-2 (12), which is deceiving, given the fact he’s never really been a boxer, who was given a promotional push or the “house fighter.” From the very beginning of his career, he was put in a position of taking tough fights on short notice or in generally unfavorable surroundings. And he’s gotten more than his fair share of dubious decisions.
In addition, Granados brings a rugged, grinding style to the table. When you face the Chicago native, you’d better bring your hard hat and pack a lunch because it’s a long day’s work, the type from whom many other fighters shie away.
His manager Andy Zak echoes his client’s sentiments, “People don’t want to get in the ring with him, after the fight with Broner, given the fact it’s a high risk/no reward type of opponent for most of the guys in the Top 10. So it’s a tough trying to get him a fight but he should be back in the ring, no later than October.”
Currently, Granados is under the TGB Promotions banner and company President Tom Brown confirmed that Granados will be given a tune-up bout in October and that they are trying to land a more significant fight for the latter part of 2017 or the early months of 2018. TGB Promotions is closely aligned with Premier Boxing Champions and Al Haymon but Granados is not advised by the influential adviser, meaning he is in a bit of a No-Mans Land, in terms of getting a slot on Showtime.
“There were a couple of big fights that were supposed to happen but nothing has materialized, so I told my management, ‘Just get me anything right now because I’m tired of waiting.’ It’s been six months since my last fight. It’s long enough,” said Granados, who has sat and stewed. Currently, he is rated No. 13 by the WBC at 140 pounds. After performing five times in 2015, he has just fought once each in 2016 and 2017.
He said with great frustration in his voice, on August 20, “I just want to fight and I feel like I should be in fights like the one last night (Crawford-Indongo). I mean, Julius, he earned his shot. He won titles and he pulled the upset in those countries. I feel like, if I would’ve gotten an opportunity like that, it would’ve been a lot more competitive. I could’ve even won last night.”
So just which particular fight does “El Tigre” yearn for?
“Well, I answered a call-out by Regis Prograis. We were trying to make that fight happen. However nothing materialized; he called me out. He was saying he wanted the fight – nothing has transpired,” said Granados, who learned making a fight over Twitter isn’t quite like consummating one in reality. “My promoter and his promoter have been talking. Still it’s been nothing. I was down with that fight. I know me and Omar Figueroa (Jr.) spoke openly about fighting each other. He got his tune-up bout out the way – not necessarily a tune-up bout but a comeback bout – now I’m like, ‘Alright, let’s do it then. You said you’d fight me.’ I’d take the fight.”
Then there is someone he has already beaten.
“Amir Imam, he was another one who was active against me last night on Twitter,” said Granados, who was a bit amused by Imam’s bluster. “But it’s like he said I lost my chance at a rematch. Why was I going to give him a rematch? I dominated him and destroyed him but, somehow, due to politics, he’s forced his way back to number one (in the WBC) by only taking two tune-up bouts. I’m ranked number 13 by the WBC but he’s ranked number one by the WBC.”
(Hey, Don King still has some sway with the Sulaimans, obviously.)
“Isn’t he the guy I stopped? How is he number one? It just doesn’t make sense and that’s why it’s continued frustration on my side. I just keep getting the short end of the stick,” laments Granados, who, back in November of 2015, came in as a opponent and proceeded to batter Imam late in their fight, stopping him in eight rounds in Quebec City.
Granados is the consummate fighter but he’s disovered, first and foremost, that professional boxing is a business. Sometimes what you can do in the ring is irrelevant to the opportunities you are afforded. “Most definitely that’s what it is. I kinda shot myself in the foot with a lot of fights that I didn’t have to take early in my career. That’s another reason why a lot of people wont fight me – but it was the real fighter in me,” he says. “I wanted to be old-school and just be ready for anything.”
He has contemplated walking away from the sport but, at age 28, he believes he still has plenty of fight left in him.
“I love the sport too much,” he says. “I’m just totally frustrated and sometimes I do feel like giving up, just because I’ve gotten the wrong side of the decisions, the actual treatment in fights and the politics and I can’t get a fair shake anywhere. So it does sometimes lead me to that way, ‘Let me just go back to school, do something else,’ but I have too much love for the sport and I do have a childhood dream of being a champion.
“So I’m not going to give up on it. I’ve made it this far to get to the elite, now I want to cash in on it. But it’s just taking me more time now.”
October 14 be a busy day in boxing and for the PBC. It was announced that WBA featherweight “super” titlist Leo Santa Cruz (vs. Chris Avalos) and WBA “regular” featherweight beltholder Abner Mares (vs. Andre Gutierrez) will co-headline a card from the StubHub Center, in Carson, California, that will be televised on FOX.
Then later that night, on Showtime, a trio of 154-pound title fights (#BeltsMatter) will take place from the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York. Jermell Charlo will defends his WBC belt against Erickson Lubin, WBA beltholder Erislandy Lara is paired with Terrell Gausha and IBF titlist Jarrett Hurd faces Austin Trout. It’s a solid tripleheader.
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