Adrian Granados is embarrassed by what he considers the worst performance of his career in his last fight.
Danny Garcia dropped Granados three times and knocked him out in the seventh round of that April 20 bout in Carson, California. His one-sided defeat to Garcia marked the first time in his 11-year pro career that the gritty Granados lost by knockout.
Granados told BoxingScene.com that a pre-bout battle with bronchitis hurt his preparation for a fight FOX aired from Dignity Health Sports Park. The 30-year-old veteran would like to think their welterweight fight would’ve unfolded differently had he been completely healthy.
“Danny is definitely one of the best fighters I’ve been in there with,” Granados said. “But I feel like an Adrian at 100 percent wouldn’t have gotten stopped. Even if he would’ve beat me, I wouldn’t have gone down the way that I did. And that was what was so frustrating. It just seemed like nothing was going my way. And every time I got hit with a solid shot, I would go down, and that’s not like me. So, you know, it was just really frustrating to have to take my first stoppage defeat. It took a while to get over it. Like I said, it was the worst performance of my career. I’ve just gotta move forward and put it in the past.”
Training camp for Granados’ fight against Robert Easter Jr. on Saturday night has been the complete opposite of his preparation for boxing Garcia.
“It’s been like night and day,” Granados said. “This one’s going a lot better. I’m excited about performing the way people are accustomed to seeing me. You know, I had a lot of people even tell me that they didn’t recognize me [against Garcia]. They said it didn’t look like me in that last fight. I would’ve been a lot happier if he would’ve took me down with me fighting the way I fight.
“But I think a lot of people could tell I was just out there trying to survive, and it was embarrassing. It was an embarrassing loss, and I’ve got a lot to prove in this fight. I know a lot of people think I’m damaged goods now. And I’m just here to show that I’ve got a lot of life left in me.”
Garcia (35-2, 21 KOs), a two-division champion from Philadelphia, floored Granados twice in the second round and once in the fifth. Referee Thomas Taylor stopped their fight at 1:33 of the seventh round to prevent an upright Granados from taking unnecessary punishment.
The 28-year-old Easter (21-1-1, 14 KOs), of Toledo, Ohio, will fight for the first time since boxing Rances Barthelemy (27-1-1, 14 KOs, 1 NC) to a dreadfully dull, 12-round split draw April 27 at The Cosmopolitan in Las Vegas. Handicappers have installed the former IBF lightweight champ as a 3-1 favorite against Granados (20-7-2, 14 KOs, 1 NC), of Cicero, Illinois, ahead of their 10-round, 140-pound bout.
Showtime will televise Easter-Granados as the second fight of a three-bout broadcast from Santander Arena in Reading, Pennsylvania (9 p.m. EDT/6 p.m. PDT). In the main event, 154-pound contender Erickson Lubin (21-1, 16 KOs), of Orlando, Florida, will encounter Nathaniel Gallimore (21-3-1, 17 KOs), of Evanston, Illinois, in a 12-rounder.
Keith Idec is a senior writer/columnist for BoxingScene.com. He can be reached on Twitter @Idecboxing.