By Joe Harrison
On April 14th, junior welterweight prospect Adrian “El Tigre” Granados (7-1-1, 3 KOs) will face veteran Ramon Guevara (9-21-2, 6 KOs) in a six-round contest. The bout will be a part of Solo Boxeo Tecate presented by Warriors Boxing and 8 Count Productions at Cicero Stadium located just outside Chicago, Illinois. The main event will feature Edner Cherry against Juan Carlos Martinez.
A resident of Cicero, 22 year-old Granados is one of Chicago’s brightest up-and-comers. In his most recent bout on February 24th, Granados defeated Jamie Herrera by a unanimous decision.
In facing Guevara, Granados will look to snatch another victory against the experienced veteran.
“I feel good, I’m ready to rack up those W’s,” said Granados. “He’s (Cuevara) a veteran, and I never take anyone lightly. I’m preparing for this fight just like I prepare for every fight. I prepare to win and I will be ready for what’s coming.”
“I’m ready to step up after a few of the fights I’ve had. I’ve had some tough opponents already. I’ve faced two or three undefeated fighters. I lost to Frankie Gomez and I had a draw with Lanardo Tyner in a bout that most thought I won including myself. I feel that once the time comes to step up to the plate, I will be more than prepared. I’m not sure when this will happen, but I hope it’s sooner than later.”
Although Granados is ready to move up the ladder in his career, he is even more anxious to avenge his loss to Gomez. He also understands that his recent win over Herrera would get him back on the right track.
“I would definitely like to have a rematch with Frankie,” said Granados. “I think I only fought at a C-level when I faced him. I know that wasn’t my A-game. I’m not making any excuses. It was a close fight, but I did believe that he beat me. I’m hoping to great enough wins so that I can get the rematch with him because I definitely feel that I should’ve beaten him the first time we fought.”
“Winning my last fight was big. I really needed to bounce back in a hard fight just to prove to everybody and myself that I belong. I knew Jamie was going to come with everything, he was going to be ready and it was going to be a tough fight. At the same time, I knew I could beat him and look impressive doing it. I’m very happy with that win and I’m excited to keep moving forward.”
As a confident fighter who loves the sport of boxing, Granados is looking to impress his fans and bring a title to Chicago.
“I believe that whoever I get in there with, it doesn’t matter who it is. I can do a lot of different things in the ring. I’m looking to become the champion of the world one day. I’ve been a fan of boxing all of my life, so I would be very pleased if I could make it to the top and get a belt around my waist.”
“Keep your ears open for the name Adrian Granados. I’m here to stay and will be in this game for a while. I’m going to make some more noise. I will keep representing Chicago and my hometown of Cicero. I believe our city needs a champion to come out and I’m hoping to be one of them.”
Advance tickets, priced at $30, $50, $75 and $100; for SOLO BOXEO TECATE can be purchased through the 8 Count Productions’ office by calling 312-226-5800. Cicero Stadium is located at 1909 S. Laramie; doors on the night of the event will open at 7pm with the first bell at 8pm.