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Granados: I Think The Referee Was a Little Over-Protective

ON Saturday night from Dignity Health Sports Park in Carson, California, former two-division champion Danny "Swift" Garcia (35-2, 21 KOs) dropped Adrian Granados (20-7-2, 14 KOs) three times before stopping him in round seven in a welterweight showdown.

Garcia got his offense started early, deflecting a right hand from Granados in round two and throwing a perfect left hook counter that dropped Granados for the first time in the fight. Granados continued to push and tried to change the tide, but an overhand right at the end of an exchange by Garcia sent Granados down for the second time in round two.

"He was very sharp in the exchanges," said Granados. "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."

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Granados tried to find ways to slow Garcia's momentum, but while trying to crowd Garcia he was too often caught with power punches on the inside. Round four saw Granados begin to bleed heavily from the nose and in round five Granados was dropped for the third time, this time from a combination Garcia delivered while he had Granados on the ropes.

In round seven, Garcia landed 48% of his power punches according to CompuBox, and after buzzing him several times, unleashed a flurry while Granados was on the ropes that forced referee Thomas Taylor to stop the bout 1:33 into round seven.

"He caught me with some good shots but I really thought I was fine," said Granados.

"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."

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Comment by b morph on 04-22-2019

[QUOTE=BostonGuy;19681988]I've watched enough boxing in my time to know when a fight should be stopped - and usually I criticize refs for premature stoppages. Garcia's punches were thudding and concussive because they were landing so flush and with so much…

Comment by BostonGuy on 04-22-2019

[QUOTE=.!WAR MIKEY!;19681973]AND?..... so what its a fight. You stop every fight when YOU think a fighter had enough than why even mkae the fight? everyone knew granados was 99% gonna lose when the fight got made. Youre only supposed to…

Comment by .!WAR MIKEY!. on 04-22-2019

[QUOTE=BostonGuy;19681961]Granados was getting beat pillar to post and battered by Garcia's thudding power shots. [B][SIZE="5"]He had been knocked down 3 times and he wasn't showing any signs of turning the fight around; also this wasn't a championship fight.[/SIZE][/B] So, the…

Comment by BostonGuy on 04-22-2019

[QUOTE=.!WAR MIKEY!;19681190]but thats not what granados did, he blocked when danny exploded into a flurry didnt even last 4 seconds. Red jumped in way too early.[/QUOTE] Granados was getting beat pillar to post and battered by Garcia's thudding power shots.…

Comment by .!WAR MIKEY!. on 04-22-2019

[QUOTE=WhatDisButtonDo;19680305]I friggin hate when guys ball up for 30 seconds at a time, knowing they're trying to get the ref to stop the fight...and then get surprised or pretend to be surprised. Whenever it happens.[/QUOTE] but thats not what granados…

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