Adrian Granados Chicago Media Workout
Photos: Tom Barnes - SHOWTIME
Hard-hitting contender Adrian
Granados hosted Chicago media at the Garfield Park District Fieldhouse Tuesday as he prepares for his main event
showdown with former four-division world champion Adrien
“The Problem” Broner Saturday, February 18 from the Cintas
Center at Xavier University in Cincinnati and live on
Televised coverage on SHOWTIME begins at 9 p.m. ET/6 p.m. PT
with unbeaten light heavyweight contender Marcus Browne
meeting hard-hitting former title challenger Thomas Williams
Jr. in a 10-round showdown and also features WBA
Welterweight Champion David Avanesyan battling former
two-time world champion Lamont Peterson.
Granados has pledged to dedicate the fight to his friend and
former training partner Ed Brown, who fell victim to the
violence on Chicago's West Side in December 2016.
Here is what Granados, along with his trainer George
Hernandez, had to say Tuesday:
“We finally have a huge opportunity. I feel I paid my dues.
I know Amir Imam wasn't a fluke. And the robberies on my
record were just that - robberies. You get in the ring with
Adrian Granados and you're going to get a hell of a fight.
“I wasn't intimated by Broner when we sparred and I'm not
intimidated by him now. I know I belong in this fight, at
“It's a tough fight. People are saying I'm going to have to
fight like Marcos Maidana. But I’m going to be Adrian
Granados and I'm going to win my way.
“With our two styles it's going to be a firefight. It can't
be anything but exciting. I have a great team behind me and
I can't wait to make everyone proud.
“Ed Brown was the heart of this neighborhood, and now I need
to carry on his legacy. This is my opportunity to do
something for my career, but also this community. I have to
be twice as great, for me and him.
“Winning this fight not only changes my life, but it changes
a lot of other lives. Beating Broner would change the sport
“It’s very motivating to know that I’m an inspirational
figure for people in Chicago. It helps me get through those
long days in the gym, when you don’t want to get up and
train. I know what I’m fighting for and I use it as
“I started fighting in high school just shadowing my friends
when they went to the gym. I asked my mom and dad if I could
keep going and luckily they helped me get started and get on
this path to where I am.”
GEORGE HERNANDEZ, Granados’ Trainer
“Broner puts his gloves on the same way we do. This is what
we want. We want the big names. Beating Broner can get us to
the next level.
“No one is going to give us anything. We need to earn it.
We're going to his backyard and we're going to take it from
“This is one of the toughest areas to train in. If you can
persevere through that you know you can make it in this
sport. We could have gone away for camp but we wanted to
stay here because it’s home. The only way to make this city
better is by staying here and leading the charge and showing
these kids that we can get away from that norm and bring
better attention to this area.
“If Adrian can beat the hell out of this kid in his hometown
that will send a message to all the kids in this community.
It will let them know that you can succeed and do great
things. Every kid that's in here dreams of this opportunity.
We're ready and we're not going to let it slip away.”