Garcia vs Granados at Dignity Health Sports Park recap
By Cameron Buford, whatsgoodinsports.com
On a cooler than usual night in Carson, CA., boxing fans were given another wonderful fight card to enjoy this weekend promoted by Premier Boxing Champions on FOX Sports. Dignity Health Sports Park hosted this fight card which headlined Philadelphia bred Danny “Swift” Garcia (32-2, 21 KOs) versus Chicago born Adrian Granados (20-7-2, 14 KOs). This fight would put two of the toughest welterweights seeking a chance to reclaim their individual stardom.
After dominating the Super lightweight division through 2014, Garcia Beat Amir Kahn to claim the WBA crown. He then beat Robert Guerrero for the WBC Welterweight title in 2016 before suffering split decision loss to Keith Thurman. This fight would keep him in the mix, for another welterweight title.
The tough nose Adrian Granados suffered tough losses to Adrien Broner and Shawn Porter in 2017, in 2018 Granados beat Luis Fernando Valdez and Adalberto Borguez and a win against Garcia would change his arc and potentially earn Granados a chance at a title.
It didn’t take very long for Garcia to size up Granados. As he dropped Granados twice in the 2nd round with a left hook, then an overhand right. The tough-minded Granados came back to gut out the round.
Garcia controlled to fight throughout, as he was able to catch the immobile Granados with some big shots in the 3rd and 4th rounds. Swift Garcia knocked Adrian for a 3rd time in the 5th round, before the ref ended to fight in the 7th round.
In the post-fight press conference, Garcia said, “I felt really good. I wasn’t at my best the last couple of fights. This is the Danny Garcia that you’re going to see for the rest of my career. The way to make a statement tonight was to stop him. The game plan was to break him down. I have too many tools. I can’t let him hang around with me.”
Garcia continued on to say, “It felt good landing that big left hook. I was proud of my performance. I thought I did a great job tonight. He wanted to get closer to me and make it a dogfight. But I surprised him when I stood with him and banged to the body. Then I started making him miss and that’s when I stopped him.”
“He caught me with some good shots but I really thought I was fine. I think the referee was a little over-protective. I had a plan to go the whole fight and they stopped me on my feet. I was still catching him with shots. I was still dangerous and looking for a big shot to change the fight. The referee had to do his job though and I understand it.” Mentioned Granados in his post-fight comments.
Granados was complimentary of Garcia by stating, “He was very sharp in the exchanges. That’s where he was catching me. I knew that’s what I had to avoid. But the toughness in me is always ready to go. I was willing to engage. We’ll go back to the drawing board, reset and see what’s next. My plan is to move back down to my original 140-pound weight class.”
I give Garcia credit for dispensing this tough opponent in dominating fashion. I would like to see Garcia get another shot at Shawn Porter or Keith Thurman; whoever would emerge from that should then prepares for a unification bout with the great Erroll Spence. Let me know your thoughts on this last night of boxing and which fight you would like to see, by commenting in the comment section of this article on www.whatsgoodinsports.com or @whatsgoodnsport on Twitter.