Cintron Felt Disadvantage at 154, Expects Success at 147

By Richard Najdowski

Chicago, IL - Former champion Kermit Cintron (33-5-1, 28 KO’s) took some time to discuss his time away from boxing and his return to the welterweight division, where he had world championship success in the past. Cintron returns on Friday night at the UIC Pavilion in an ESPN televised fight against Adrian Granados. It will be the first fight for Cintron at 147 since 2008.

“Going to 154 was not because I couldn’t make weight, but because I was getting good opportunities at that weight. I thought that my power would show up at 154, but going back, the most I weighed was 165. Those guys are going up to 175 pounds, 180 pounds. So, I was kinda like the smaller guy," Cintron told

"After I took that long layoff, I told myself that if I was going to come back, I was going to come back at 147. As we speak (Tuesday 3/19), I’m on weight. I eat my six meals a day, so I have no problems at all. It feels great [knowing he will be back in the ring]. I’m rejuvenated. I took time to spend with my wife and my kids. I’m ready to go. I’m excited. I’m looking to be victorious. If the knockout happens, then I’m going to make it happen. I feel like I’m going to have the power.”

Adrian Granados (11-2-1, 7 KO’s or 9-1-1, 5 KO’s, depending on which official record you honor),  looked really loose and confident at the presser:

“I kinda measured it right. He (Cintron) is as tall as I figured, but not out of reach, of course. He looks bigger, but not “that big,” of course. Same game plan (See here for a more lengthy interview I did with Granados 2 weeks ago ). I have a feeling it’s going to be a good fight. I’m going to be a lot stronger, I’m going to be a lot more comfortable. I feel like I’m younger, faster, more hungry. So, I got a lot to bring to the table.”

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User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by Muscles72 on 03-22-2013

For a guy that has so much talent in the ring I don't understand him he does good for awhile then I'm not sure what happens its like he gets out of his zone and something happens and he loses…

Comment by DoktorSleepless on 03-22-2013

[QUOTE=Bushbaby;13172442]Another fighter destroyed by Margarito's special wraps.[/QUOTE] Cintron's best win in Angulo came post-Margarito beat down though. What ruined Cintron was inactivity.

Comment by coufsax on 03-22-2013

[QUOTE=Suavecito80;13173010]This dude is garbage. Always has an excuse on why he loses and has a win over Maravilla that should have been a KO win for Martinez. Dude is a turd. :thumbsdow[/QUOTE] Cintron vs Martinez was a "draw"

Comment by HattonFaithful on 03-22-2013

[QUOTE=nycsmooth;13173000]2 much speculation on Margarito...Cintron's been a finished fighter 4 @ least 3 years...'54/'47 don't matter...look how easilt Berto took him apart...he's got 1 last gasp left...[/QUOTE] I agree that Cintron is past it. However, you realize that Berto and…

Comment by -Kev- on 03-22-2013

[QUOTE=ergheiz;13172565]And what of Paul Williams or Clottey? why were they not ruined by Margo?[/QUOTE] He only used illegal wraps for PR fighters.

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