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Adrien Broner: "I ain't going back to Chicago. I've seen D Rose leave."

 

It wasn't pretty. But it was an exciting back and forth bout that left the fans at the edge of their seats.

Adrian Granados put the pressure on Adrien Broner for 10 solid rounds. He had plenty of moments in the fight. In the end though, Broner escaped with a close split decision win that had Granados disappointed.

"Broner knows there were lots of games played leading up to this. I just want to be treated fairly. I know I don't have a perfect record, but I can beat anybody. Let's do it again. He fought smart and did his thing. If he thinks he did it this time, let's do it again. I want it at my house (in Chicago)."

Granados was probably  talking about the change in weights and the weigh-in scale controversy leadung up to the bout. But as he said in the weeks leading up to the bout, he wanted to show the world that he belonged in Broner's level. That may not have necessarily been correct. Perhaps it was Broner who didn't really show he belonged to the elite level. But that's another story. Granados put up a fight that had his opponent ended up commending. Said Broner during the post fight interview:

"Adrian Granados is a world-class fighter. A lot of guys duck him, but I wanted to fight him because that's what I'm about. I hurt my left hand in the first round. Since then I couldn't throw my jab as much. That's why I had to stay inside. I couldn't use my jab but I adjusted."

 

Broner didn't throw as much as Granados did. Nor did he use his jab as much as he said. But the Problem was the more accurate puncher and landed more power shots than his opponent:

That difference may have been enough for the judges who scored the fight 97-94, 96-94 and 94-97 for Broner. But the fight was indeed close as Judge Robert Pope had Broner ahead by just one going to the 10th. Had Pope given the final round to Granados, it would have ended in a draw. Broner though, fought with the better spurt in the final round and closed the bout with a flurry that may have won it.

Added Broner:

"I knew that Adrian Granados was going to come tough. At the end of the day, I was beating him up. This was an easy one for me. I feel good."

 As for Granados' invitation to come to Chicago for the rematch, Broner had this reply:

"I ain't going back to Chicago. I've seen D(errick) Rose leave."

Many observers felt Granados deserved a remtach, Paulie Malignaggi included. But well that Derrick Rose reference is a definite NO from Adrien Broner.

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