Adrian Granados is determined to prove that he is still a major threat on the world scene by becoming the first man to defeat rising Welterweight star Conor Benn when they collide on the undercard of Mauricio Lara vs. Josh Warrington 2 at Emerald Headingley Stadium in Leeds this Saturday, September 4.
‘El Tigre,’ a 33-fight veteran who is no stranger to boxing’s biggest platforms, will finally lock horns with ‘The Destroyer’ in front of 20,000 fans at the home of Leeds Rhinos this weekend after a positive COVID-19 test quashed their Fight Camp meeting. The 32-year-old Mexican American believes he is on another level to Benn’s opponents up to this point in his career.
Granados (21-8-3, 15 KOs) is the vastly more experienced fighter, having gone the distance with former two-time Welterweight World Champion Shawn Porter and former multi-division World Champion Adrien Broner in losing efforts. Despite having 8 losses on his record, some of which he feels are controversial; the Chicago fighter believes that he still has a World Title shot in him.
“I’ve been chomping at the bit for this fight,” said Granados. “It was frustrating at the time because we were ready to go. I was already in the zone and just ready to fight Conor, but it happened; this is the day and age we live in now where this can happen. I’m still crossing my fingers because we’re not there yet; when the bell goes, I’ll feel a little calmer. It worked out, and I got a couple of days off and then flew home. We didn’t even stay for the fights. We flew right home and got back to work.
“It’s fight week, so I think he reignited the flame again, but he’s been pretty quiet the past few weeks. Leading up to the last fight, he was very vocal and brash. I think somebody hit him with some peace of mind, and he’s tried to go the humble route this time. We all know how Conor Benn is, and we know the type of character he is, and it’s starting to come back.
“I’m excited. I accept all challenges. If he thinks that he’s better than me on his worst day, I want his best. I was hoping you wouldn’t give me your worst; I want the best of Conor Benn so I can beat him straight out. I think I’m better than him. It’s not so much humbling him; it’s more teaching him a lesson. My career has been so up and down, and I’ve been in and out of many different controversial things. I’m on a mission to prove my point that I’m still one of the best fighters in the world.
“A lot of people are underestimating me. The odds are crazy right now. The way it looks, they’re already making plans for him in December against Adrian Broner – somebody who I believe I beat as well. If I beat Conor, then I’ll be like, ‘let me get that Broner fight.’ Let me get my rematch. If he’s looking past me, then let me look past him. If you guys have got plans for him, I’m going to start making my own plans.
“I don’t have the prettiest record in boxing, and usually, people are quick to attack me with that. The real diehards hit me with the fact that I’ve been robbed so many times. All three of my draws were clear wins and my losses – I count maybe half of them or three of them. I can’t accept all of those losses that I have. It’s just unfortunate. That’s why I feel boxing is actually killing itself. It turns people off the sport. I’m hoping for a fair shake, justice is served, and that the best man wins.
“We’re both hotheads – I think him a lot more than I. I’ve got it in me. I’ve got that Mexican style. I’m that type; if you hit me, I want to hit you back. It’s going to make for exciting fireworks. I’m excited about this fight, he’s excited about this fight, and everyone is excited about this fight. We’re both planning on putting on a show. I just turned 32; I’m a young veteran. I’m a savvy vet, and I’ve got a lot of tools in my toolbox. I think I’ve got a lot more to offer in a fight than Conor Benn.”