Adrien Broner vs. Adrian Granados
Final Press Conference
Photos: Stephanie Trapp - SHOWTIME
champion Adrien Broner and hard-hitting contender Adrian
Granados went face-to-face Thursday at the final press
conference before they enter the ring Saturday, February 18
live on SHOWTIME® from the Cintas Center at Xavier
University in Cincinnati.
Also in attendance Thursday and competing in televised
coverage beginning at 9 p.m. ET/6 p.m. PT were WBA
Welterweight Champion David Avanesyan and two-time world
champion Lamont Peterson, who meet in a 12-round
welterweight fight, and light heavyweight contenders Marcus
Browne and Thomas Williams Jr., who battle in a 10-round
Saturday’s SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING tripleheader airs
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Here is what the participants had to say Thursday from the
“I know everyone is used to me coming up here and being
boastful. That’s not me anymore. I have a lot of respect for
Adrian Granados and he’s a great fighter.
“A businessman that can fight. That’s what I am nowadays.
I’m not a sh*t talker anymore. I’m a businessman that knows
how to fight.
“My best knockouts come when I don’t go for the knockout. I
look at my last fight and think to myself that it was
terrible because I was looking for the knockout. I watch the
Khabib fight, I didn’t look for the knockout and it came.
That’s when the biggest knockouts come. I just want to go in
there and put on a great performance for the hometown crowd.
“I just want to put on a great performance for everyone in
Cincinnati. It’s going to be a special atmosphere and I want
to give them their money’s worth.
“I’ve had an amazing training camp and I feel great right
now. I’m very thankful to my team who has helped me get to
this point in my career.”
“I’m excite for this weekend. I’m ready to go. I’ve been
through a lot but we’re ready. I’m not here to lay down. I’m
here to take home a victory for Chicago and for my people.
“Saturday I’m expecting a great fight. It is going to be a
kill or be killed-type of fight. It is going to be a very
exciting night for all of us.
“People that think I’m an underdog don’t know me. They don’t
know the tricks I have up my sleeve. I plan on thriving in
the underdog position.
“I’ve watched Adrien fight live on TV and in the arena many
times. Spending eight weeks with him [in camp], I think I
know him more than most people.
“I plan on winning in a stoppage or a unanimous decision. No
matter what I’m leaving with a victory.”
“It’s going to be a great fight. We have a lot of mutual
respect. Mixed with my style, I know it’s going to be a good
fight. I hope everyone is ready for a great show.”
“I’m very happy to have this fight in America. This is my
second time fighting in the U.S. and I’m looking forward to
keeping my belt after fighting Lamont Peterson on Saturday.
“I am excited to be fighting on a show like this. I hope
that if I can get another win I can get even bigger fights
and prove that I’m the best.
“I’m ready for this challenge. I know Lamont Peterson is
looking to make this a great fight and I hope he brings it
in the ring on Saturday.”
“I had a great camp. I’m thankful to my team for getting me
ready for this one. We got some great sparring that has me
ready for this fight.
“I’m ready to take care of business on Saturday night. I’m
looking forward to it and I hope everyone enjoyed it.
“We always want to be in good condition. Avanesyan switches
from southpaw to orthodox a lot, which is something we had
to be prepared for. We’ve sparred with guys from both sides
and gotten a lot of good rounds there.
“He’s a strong fighter too. You know a Russian fighter is
going to come in with power. We made sure I’ll be able to
match him anytime the fight gets rough. I’ll be ready for
“I think my speed will give him trouble. He’s been able to
handle everything in the past, but that doesn’t mean I won’t
have advantages. I’m the more experienced fighter and I have
the skills to get the win.
“I feel like I’m going to get him out of there. I’m
predicting a late stoppage.”
“Top Dog can say what he wants to say. On Saturday night
we’ll be Dog Whisperers. Make sure you tune-in for this one.
“I’ve had a great training camp and I feel ready to get in
the ring. Saturday night can’t come soon enough for me.
“I’m thankful to have this opportunity to fight on a great
card like this. I’ve seen guys like Adrien and Lamont in the
ring for a lot of years and I’m proud to be up here with
THOMAS WILLIAMS JR.
“I’m feeling great. It was an awesome camp. Everyone should
buy a ticket or watch it on TV. Get there early and don’t
miss my fight.
“Marcus is a boxer and I know he’s going to try to kick and
scratch every now and then. If you let him get comfortable,
he’s going to get in a zone. My job is to make him
uncomfortable and make him do the things that I want him to
“Everybody who knows me, knows what I bring to the table.
When I get in the ring you know what’s coming. Saturday
night, ‘Top Dog’ will reign.”
RAVONE LITTLEJOHN, About Billions Promotions
“It’s finally fight time. Tickets begin at $30 for this
great card. We’re excited to be promoting big events in
Adrien’s hometown and the great boxing fans here.
“Adrian Granados is a guy who we’ve had in camp with Adrien
before. We know what he’s capable of and how hard he works.
Everyone knows he’s coming to bring it.
“Adrien has done a lot in this sport and he has a lot more
left to do. I know he’s going to do it, and it starts
“Both guys are going to get in that ring and give it their
best. Adrien Broner will be victorious, but we like the
LEONARD ELLERBE, CEO of Mayweather Promotions
“We’re very excited to be here in this wonderful city. It’s
a great boxing town with a history of very good fighters
from this area. Saturday night is an outstanding show from
top to bottom.
“Both of the Adrien/Adrian’s know each other very well. You
want to watch Adrien Broner Saturday night. He’s going to
put on a phenomenal performance that I can’t wait to see.
“From top to bottom this is an incredibly exciting card and
we’re excited to work with About Billions to give boxing
fans another great event.”
STEPHEN ESPINOZA, Executive VP & General Manager, SHOWTIME
“At SHOWTIME our mission is to bring fans the biggest, best
and most meaningful fights in boxing. This Saturday is no
exception. These are three all-action and evenly matched
fights. This is our third time in Cincinnati with Adrien
Broner and this is the strongest card we’ve had here yet.
“When we announced our slate of winter fights, there was one
event that I circled and said, ‘this is going to be the
sleeper.’ This is an all-action card.
“Adrian Granados and his team did not hesitate one bit to
jump at this fight. We know what type of fighter Adrien
Broner is. He is a guy who will never shy away from a
challenge. Whether you like him or not, Adrien always
entertains and he always fights hard. I can’t wait for a
great night on Saturday.”