08 Nov Porter Gets Unanimous Decision Win Over Granados
“Showtime” Shawn Porter (28-2-1, 17 KOs) earned a unanimous decision victory over Chicagoan Adrian Granados (18-6-2, 12 KOs) on the undercard of Deontay Wilder vs Bermane Stiverne II at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, NY. All three judges scored the fight 117-111 in favor of Porter. Granados, who earned a surprise upset over Amir Imam in 2015 on Showtime Extreme, went on to face Adrien Broner in February, but lost via split decision in a tough 10-round fight. Broner, Porter, and Granados have all coincidentally faced each other in the past, with Broner losing to Porter via unanimous decision in 2015 after being bullied for 12 rounds. Granados displayed heart against Porter, who is regarded as a very aggressive inside fighter. Although Granados was a big underdog, he was able to go the distance with Porter in a dogfight.
From the opening bell, the fight was rough with lots of clinching. Porter connected with big uppercuts and right hands to get the edge over Granados (18-6-2, 12 KOs), who suffered a cut over his left eye due to an accidental headbutt. Although Granados landed some solid punches, he needs to develop his defensive strategy. Currently, he relies mostly on his athleticism and his heart. Porter is not regarded as a defensive technician, but was able to weave under Granados’ hooks with ease, making him slippery at times. Overall, Porter was just the better brawler and a tough match-up for Granados. Granados tried to answer with power shots of his own, but Porter had the higher punch percentage and connected with 36% of his punches as opposed to Granados at 24%. However, Granados believed that the scorecards should have been closer, and insists that he was never badly hurt.
“I thought that I was controlling the fight and keeping up with him the whole time,” Granados said in his post fight interview. “It was rough, but I definitely thought I did better than the scorecards said.”
“I hurt my left hand in the sixth round, but I kept using it. I had to use my jab. It took a toll on me, and by the 10th round I just couldn’t throw it anymore. The strategy was to keep working the jab. I knew he’d come at me periodically. I was prepared and dug deep for the win.”
This win puts Porter in a position to get the rematch that he has anticipated against unified welterweight champion Keith Thurman. In 2016, Thurman and Porter put on one of the best performances of the year, with Porter losing by unanimous decision. Although Porter demanded an immediate rematch, he instead went on to knock out Andre Berto in the 9th round of a final elimination fight to get a rematch with Thurman. However, due to an elbow surgery, Thurman was recovering from an injury. In order to remain active, Porter accepted another eliminator bout against Granados. For Granados, it is questionable whether he will ever be an elite level fighter, but he never backs down from a challenge and remains a local fan favorite here in Chicago.