Adrien Broner (33-2, 24 KO) narrowly won a split decision over Adrian Granados (18-4-2, 12 KO).
Granados sought to end it early with overhand rights thrown at full steam, but he never landed it despite several attempts. It was academic to be believe that Granados did win the round based on his activity. Broner only attempted to land counter left hooks over top of Granados’ right hand.
The second round was more competitive than the first, although it could be argued that Gradanos again outworked Broner, particularly on the inside where used his free hand to punch the left flank of Broner. Broner held often to reduce Granados’ work rate.
Granados once again outworked Broner. Both men traded blows while Broner was backed up against the ropes. The most eye-catching shot was a clean left hook landed by Broner in the last five seconds, which Granados took well.
Broner was for once more active than Granados, but only sustained it for the first minute of the round. Broner made more use of his right uppercut, as Granados came in with his head down without any use of a jab, and on the inside. This was a close round that was difficult to score.
The give and take was more even here, but Broner landed the cleaner punches.
Most of the action was on the inside and very competitive. Granados mainly landed to the body whereas Broner continued to land the right uppercut to the head.
Broner walked down Granados for the duration of the round. The two most notable punches landed were a left hook to the body by Granados and a right uppercut by Broner. Granados attempted to steal the round with a flurry in the closing seconds.
Broner found himself outworked by Granados. Broner landed a clean right hand in the last minute while Granados had his hands down. Granados reacted by taunting Broner to indicate that he was not hurt.
Broner did better work than Granados on the inside as his hands were quicker and his punches sharper. Consistently doubling Broner’s output, Granados had finally shown signs of fatigue and his punches were slower and wider.
By far the sloppiest round as both fighters were fatigued. Broner edged this round on clean punching in the last thirty seconds.
Broner was awarded a split decision victory with the scorecards being 97-93, 93-97, 96-94. To the naked eye, this fight could have been scored either way or as a draw. Granados was busier but inaccurate.
Granados will likely remain as a junior-welterweight with Broner in limbo between the junior-welterweight and welterweight divisions. Feeling more as a natural welterweight, Granados has stated that he fights at junior-welterweight because he is relatively bigger and stronger at that weight. Broner should do the same. For Broner does not have the power at welterweight to wear his opponents down with a low output; he is not lengthy enough to control opponents with his reach; nor does he counter sufficiently lower his opposition’s workmate.
Broner stated that he injured his hand and did go to the hospital afterward for an X-ray.