Story by: NaKeela Taylor
Fans, Adrien “The Problem” Broner is back! The former four-division champion Broner, (32-2, 24 KOs) will take on the extremely dangerous Adrian Granados (18-4-2, 12 KOs) in a homecoming fight at the Cintas Center in Cincinnati, Ohio. The bout will be fought at junior welterweight (super lightweight) and televised on Showtime February 18 at 9:00pm eastern time.
“The Problem” was last seen in our nation’s capital, disposing of Ashley Theophane in a workmanlike knockout in the ninth round.
Broner has won titles at 139, 135, 140, and 147. He’s won two in a row since a disappointing decision loss against Shawn Porter back in 2015. He defeated Khabib Allakhverdiev for the vacant WBA World super lightweight title prior to Theophane.
“I’m back at home and excited to get back in the ring,” said Broner. “I’m ready to fight. The boxing game isn’t the same without me. Granados is a solid guy who beat someone that no one thought he would beat. I know him well and I know there’s no doubt he’ll be ready to fight.”
Granados is on a five-fight win streak since suffering a split decision loss to Brad Solomon after dealing with a majority draw against Felix Diaz. Mixed in his wins was a big upset over prospect Amir Imam via TKO8.
“I’m fully prepared to go to war with Adrien Broner on February 18 in Cincinnati,” said Granados. “I’m very thankful to Tom Brown of TGB promotions and my manager Andy Zak for helping me get this big opportunity on SHOWTIME. I’m training hard and I will come out victorious on fight night.”
This is the kind of matchup I like for both fighters at this point. Granados is looking to take the next step and get into the title picture. A win here will do it for him. Broner is seeking to be 100 percent focused on boxing now that his legal issues are past him. This should be a good one!
Also of note on Wednesday, February 1, a “Punching for Peace” anti-violence dialogue and forum for safer neighborhoods will take place. See below:
What: Punching for Peace Youth and Young Adult Anti-Violence Open Dialogue & Forum
When: Wednesday, February 1, 2017
Who: Come One, Come All… Hosted by Alexis Rogers, with special guest Lantana
Where: DOHN High School, 608 E. McMillan Ave.