By Keith Idec
Adrien Broner said during a conference call Thursday that he won’t have any difficulty making weight for his fight against Adrian Granados.
Later on the call, Granados gave some insight as to why Broner isn’t worried about making weight, which he didn’t do for his last fight against Ashley Theophane. Granados revealed that the fight will be contested at the welterweight limit of 147 pounds, not at a catch weight slightly above the junior welterweight limit of 140.
Their February 18 fight in Cincinnati initially was supposed to be contested at a maximum weight of 142 pounds, but Broner demanded an increase, after the fight was made, to a limit of 147. The weight was changed, according to Granados, because Broner got sick during training camp and would’ve had too much trouble making 142 pounds.
“Yeah, it actually is at 147,” Granados said. “It was 142, but however it’s 147 now. That’s the way it is.”
Granados added that he wasn’t left much of a choice when the weight switch was proposed to him by Broner’s representatives.
“It was kind of a take-it-or-leave-it offer,” Granados said, “so I’m obviously not gonna pass up on this opportunity and I accepted it.”
Granados, of Cicero, Illinois, isn’t sure if he’ll weigh in next week at the 147-pound limit. He has fought at the welterweight limit three times against quality opposition, but is 0-2-1 in those fights against Lanardo Tyner (draw), Kermit Cintron (draw) and Brad Solomon (split-decision loss).
The 27-year-old Granados has fought as high as 150 pounds, in a BKB exhibition against Jesus Soto Karass.
“We’ll see where my body tapers off at,” Granados said. “I was hearing – I believe he got sick and that’s what kind of threw off his camp. I mean, I was sick, too, as well. I was still planning on making 142, but he just made it easier on both of us. And I still expect a competitive and even fight, and it’s gonna be a great fight.”
The 12-round bout between Broner (32-2, 24 KOs) and Granados (18-4-2, 12 KOs) will headline a Showtime tripleheader from Xavier University’s Cintas Center in Broner’s hometown of Cincinnati. Broner hasn’t fought since stopping England’s Theophane (40-7-1, 11 KOs) in the ninth round April 1 in Washington, D.C.
The 27-year-old Broner has fought at or around the junior welterweight limit of 140 pounds since suffering his first loss, a 12-round unanimous decision to Marcos Maidana (35-5, 31 KOs) in a welterweight fight three years ago in San Antonio. The highest weight at which Broner has fought since Maidana dropped him twice and beat him was 144 pounds for a fight he also lost to Shawn Porter (26-2-1, 16 KOs) by unanimous decision in June 2015 in Las Vegas.
Keith Idec is a senior writer/columnist for BoxingScene.com. He can be reached on Twitter @Idecboxing.