Granados: One-Sided Referee Saved Shawn Porter In Our Fight

By Keith Idec

Adrian Granados gives Shawn Porter credit for doing enough to beat him on the scorecards 10 months ago.

Granados contends, though, that he deserved better than losing by the identical wide distance, 117-111, on all three judges’ scorecards. The junior welterweight contender also feels Porter received help from referee Gary Rosato during that 12-round welterweight bout November 4 at Barclays Center in Brooklyn.

In particular, Granados doesn’t understand why Rosato provided Porter with time to recover when there was 1:47 to go in the 11th round.

porter-granados-fight (21)

That’s Porter bent over, turned away from Granados following an exchange near the ropes and looked toward his father/trainer, Kenny Porter, in his corner. Rosato warned Granados for using his elbow during that sequence, which caused about a 13-second break in the action.

“I think I could’ve beat Porter,” Granados told “I think I was even close to stopping him towards the end. But the one thing I haven’t even said in any interviews is that I was very upset with the refereeing in that fight. I thought it was one-sided. The referee kept breaking my momentum. Every time he would separate us, he would push me again. There was no need for that. He repeatedly pushed me extra.

“And then there was even one time Shawn hurt his hand, and I came in to hit him more, and he stopped me and made sure he was OK. Like, ‘Are you OK?’ He let him talk to his corner and then he let him continue. It’s like, ‘C’mon, man.’ It’s a fight, you know? I thought he saved Shawn there. Because I even remember I heard in the corner he was ready to give up already. But, you know, his dad pushed him [to continue]. But I think Shawn got some help from the referee in that fight.”

Showtime analysts Al Bernstein and Paulie Malignaggi criticized Rosato in the 11th round for continually pushing Granados harder than Porter when he separated them throughout a fight marred by continuous clinching.

Porter revealed after their bout that he hurt his left hand in the sixth round and couldn’t use it the way he wanted during the second half of it.

The former IBF welterweight champ will fight for the first time Saturday night since he defeated the Chicago-based Granados (18-6-2, 12 KOs, 1 NC) by unanimous decision. The Akron, Ohio, native will face Philadelphia’s Danny Garcia (34-1, 20 KOs) for the vacant WBC welterweight title in the main event at Barclays Center in Brooklyn (Showtime; 9 p.m. ET/6 p.m. PT).

Granados, who called Garcia-Porter “a 50-50 fight,” laments a lost opportunity in his own bout with Porter (28-2-1, 17 KOs).

“I don’t take away that he beat me,” Granados said. “He did beat me. But it took me a while to kind of figure out what fight to come with [against] him. And once I realized that I could fight him with the bully fight, too, like wrestle with him, he kind of like broke down and he just started running. Towards the end, it was just kind of like disgusting how much he kept holding and putting his head down.

“He was doing anything just to survive, and the referee never gave him a warning for anything. It was always me being warned and me getting the lower end of the fight. … There’s no excuses. Like I said, Shawn did beat me that night. I just feel like he got help from that referee.”

Keith Idec is a senior writer/columnist for He can be reached on Twitter @Idecboxing.

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by Santa_ on 09-05-2018

Anybody that watched Porter/Granados knows damn well that Porter doesn't stand a chance against Danny G.

Comment by whoseyourdaddy on 09-05-2018

I would ask Granados, What the hell are you doing with Al Haymon? you know he already pick his favorites, his A-side and B-side fighters, and you are one of the B-fighters according to him. so man up or GTFO…

Comment by AdonisCreed on 09-05-2018

I was going for granados that fight. It was a little closer than the scorecards but he still lost. He just couldn't really seem to hurt Porter.

Comment by John Locke on 09-05-2018

Porter is the only guy I've seen beat Granados clearly. I think 8-4/9-3 is fair, but the rounds were very competitive. Granados is a top contender and a champion waiting to happen at 140, he can give anybody a hard…

Comment by Dramacyde on 09-05-2018

The only reason Granados had any success in that fight is because SP injured his arm.

Post a Comment - View More User Comments (5)
Top Headlines Andrade: I Want Golovkin Next, To Prove I'm #1 at Middleweight Hearn: Don't Be Surprised if Joshua is on DAZN in the US in June Broner: Ain’t Got Mark On Me; They Thought They’d F*** Me Up Pacquiao: I Was Surprised Broner Didn't Throw Lot Of Punches Manny Pacquiao-Adrien Broner: Afterthoughts Broner Falls Very Short on Promised 'New Beginning' For Career Luis Coria Win Big in First Garcia Brothers Promoted Card Badou Jack Gets Stitched Up, Has No Excuses Over Loss Manny Pacquiao Says Injury To His Left Eye is Not Serious Manny Pacquiao Dishes Out Adrien Broner's Comeuppance Pacquiao's LA Home is Burglarized a Day After Broner Win Claressa Shields: Anybody Who Thinks Broner Won is Crazy! Video: Shawn Porter Reacts To Pacquiao Defeating Broner Video: Buboy Reacts To Pacquiao Defeating Adrien Broner Video: Mayweather Sr. Throws Shade at Adrien Broner For Loss Pacquiao: We Can't Blame Broner For Thinking He Won Fight Former Champ Gamache Assaulted on Street By Mystery Man Video: Roy Jones Jr. Reacts To Pacquiao Defeating Broner Video: Devin Haney Reacts To Pacquiao Defeating Broner Video: Daniel Jacobs Discusses Canelo Alvarez Fight WBO To Review Saunders Suspension, Could Be in Line For Andrade Video: Adrien Broner Explains Why He Beat Manny Pacquiao Video: Mikey Garcia Reacts To Pacquio's Win Over Broner Video: Pacquiao Reacts To Win Over Broner, Wanting Mayweather Gervonta Davis Embraces Challenge of Fight in Mares' Backyard Ellerbe: Mayweather’s Retired; 'No Interest' In Pacquiao Rematch Wilder-Fury Rematch Could Land on April 27 or May, Says Warren Kell Book Looks at Jeff Horn, Jessie Vargas, Smith as Options Marcus Browne Dares Teddy Atlas: Bring Me Oleksandr Gvozdyk! Pacquiao Open To Rematch, Mayweather Remains Noncommital Photos: Manny Pacquiao Dominates Broner - MONSTER Gallery Photos: Marcus Browne Decisions a Bloody Badou Jack Photos: Nordine Oubaali Beats Rau'shee Warren, Wins WBC Belt Manny Pacquiao vs. Adrien Broner - CompuBox Punch Stats Pacquiao: I Proved it Again - The Pacquiao Journey Will Continue Broner: Everybody Knows I Beat Pacquiao; I Controlled Fight! Manny Pacquiao Rocks, Dominates Adrien Broner For Decision Manny Pacquiao vs. Adrien Broner - LIVE BoxingScene Scorecard Marcus Browne Beats Bloody Badou Jack in WBC Eliminator Badou Jack vs. Marcus Browne - LIVE BoxingScene Scorecard

Latest Active Forum Threads