Porter: I'll Beat Granados Decisively If I Box More Than Usual

By Keith Idec

Shawn Porter supposes he would have to fight Adrian Granados’ fight to give Granados a chance to pull off an upset Saturday night.

The former IBF welterweight champion is intent to avoid doing that. As much as fans and media are anticipating an all-action brawl between Porter and Granados at Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York, Porter predicted a more tactical encounter.

“The bottom line with Adrian Granados is he tricks guys into fighting his fight, which is in the middle of the ring and brawl, or laying against the ropes,” Porter told “I’m not gonna do that. I’m going to use my speed, my quickness and my boxing ability, something you haven’t seen me do enough of. And we won’t allow it to be close. I know if I’m able to keep him on the end of my shots and keep him moving and guess on where I’m gonna be, then he’ll just be playing catch-up the entire night and it won’t be a close fight.”

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The 28-year-old Granados (18-5-2, 12 KOs), of Cicero, Illinois, has lost only by split decision (three times) and majority decision (twice) during his nine-year pro career. With a potential rematch against WBA/WBC Keith Thurman looming, the last thing Porter needs is to go to the scorecards in a close fight against Granados.

“He’s a guy who can brawl and who can take punches as well,” Porter said. “I think that’s something Granados does very well. He’s able to, in a lot of ways, out-hustle the guys that he fights. He’s also able to take punches and keep going. With a guy like that, you’ve gotta make him use his feet.

“Guys like Granados, they’re not used to punching and moving at the same time. So if I’m able to get him to come at me and in some way chase me, or try to catch up to me, I’ll be ahead of the game. I’ll be able to out-box him and use my foot movement to keep him turning and guessing where I’m gonna be. And that’ll open him up.”

The 30-year-old Porter (27-2-1, 17 KOs), of Akron, Ohio, has a draw with Julio Diaz and two closes losses – a unanimous-decision defeat to Thurman and a majority-decision defeat to Kell Brook – on his record. He understands Granados’ frustration from fights that didn’t go his way and feels that taking a more scientific approach in this fight will serve him well.

“Being in a lot of wars that I’ve been in and a lot of just really close fights,” Porter explained, “I’m understanding that if I just use my boxing ability more, it will make the fights more decisive, as far as me winning the fight.”

Porter-Granados will be one of three fights Showtime will televise Saturday night.

The card is set to start at 9 p.m. ET/6 p.m. PT with a 12-round battle between Kazakhstan’s Sergey Lipinets (12-0, 10 KOs) and Japan’s Akihiro Kondo (29-6-1, 16 KOs) for the vacant IBF junior welterweight title. In the main event, WBC heavyweight champion Deontay Wilder (38-0, 37 KOs), of Tuscaloosa, Alabama, and former champion Bermane Stiverne (25-2-1, 21 KOs), of Las Vegas, will meet in a mandatory rematch.

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 AdonisCreed on 11-03-2017

[QUOTE=steeve steel;18181222]Porter seemed a little intimidated, unsettled... by the size and attitude of Granados. Not like him. A little worried...Like that suit, Granados may make him look like shat![/QUOTE] Yea both guys dressed sharp!! And it would be nice to…

Comment by MrClutch85 on 11-03-2017

Shawn Porter and Adrian Granados come to fight this should an entertaining fight

Comment by Boxfan83 on 11-03-2017

Not that Granados is some world beater, I just dont think hes a guy that you should completely change up for. Broner had success against Granados by taking a half step back everytime Granados lunged in, Porter can do the…

Comment by Lopez_Boxing on 11-03-2017

[QUOTE=MisanthropicNY;18181217]I'll be watching the UFC and I'll catch this replay. It's a mediocre card like usual when it comes to PBC.[/QUOTE] You’re a hater. PBC put on the best cards this year by far. But I guess it’s a matter…

Comment by steeve steel on 11-03-2017

Porter seemed a little intimidated, unsettled... by the size and attitude of Granados. Not like him. A little worried...Like that suit, Granados may make him look like shat!

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