Adrian Granados (18-4-2, 12 KO) garnered recognition from upsetting prospect Amir Imam. For Imam had already been the mandatory challenger for Viktor Postol's title before losing to Granados. Postol then fell to Terence Crawford, who is now regarded as the premier boxer in the junior welterweight division.
Stylistically, Granados is the type of high-volume pressure fighter that has given Adrien Broner (32-2, 24 KO) problems, a la Marcos Maidana and Shawn Porter. For Broner had been conditioned from his days at lightweight to plant himself with a wide flat-footed stance to obtain maximal leverage on single punches that were devastating. Not having the same effect at heavier weight classes, Broner's low punch volume made it mathematically impossible to win decisions against an active opponent who could last twelve rounds with him.
For Granados, simply demonstrating to Broner that he can take Broner's punches will frustrate him. With his questionable defense, Broner's low punch output can be most associated with his dislike of sustained physical exertion; in contrast with Amir Khan, whose high punch output often corresponds with his disregard for defense; in contrast with Floyd Mayweather, whose low punch output can be attributed to his reluctance to being countered. If he cannot hurt Granados with singles, Broner will recognize that he can only win by outworking Granados. Broner has truly emphasized his physical conditoning for this training camp. But what is motivational about training is that one consistently outperforms oneself. On the other hand, it will be discouraging to Broner if Granados is landing two or three punches for his one. Officially a technical knockout, Granados beat Amir Imam into mental and physical exhaustion.
This past Friday, Broner made the announcement that he could not make the contractual weight of 142 pounds, and thus Broner-Granados will be fought at the full welterweight limit. He cited that temporary sickness hindered his ability to lose weight.
Of note, Broner-Granados will be featured on Showtime Championship Boxing at 9PM US Eastern this Saturday. Broner had appeared on network television during Premier Boxing Champions' opening year. Danny Garcia-Keith Thurman is being fought on CBS due its larger platform than Showtime. Thus Broner's exclusive appearances on Showtime, when he was among the most well known of the PBC roster, is a bit of a demotion.