Adrien Broner and Adrian Granados faced off in a close welterweight bout in Cincinnati on Saturday night (Feb. 18), with Broner edging out his opponent in a close split decision.
The back-n-forth battle was a dogfight, but Broner (33-2, 24 KOs) took the score cards by a razor-thin margin. Scored 97-93, 97-93 and 96-94, judge Robert Pope ended up being the deciding factor by giving Broner the 10th round. Otherwise, the fight would have ended in a draw.
Broner also overcame an injured left hand, which he suffered in the first round… keeping most of the fight on the inside.
“I knew that Adrian Granados was going to come tough,” Broner said after the fight. “At the end of the day, I was beating him up. This was an easy one for me. I feel good.
“Inside this ring it’s business. Granados is a great friend of mine. It’s nothing personal,” he added.
The fight was Broner’s first in 10 months, after being stripped of his junior welterweight world title for failing to make weight during his defense against Ashley Theophane in April. According to ESPN, he agreed to fight Granados at 142 pounds, but a few weeks ago insisted the contract be changed to make the fight at the welterweight limit of 147 pounds, leading to questions about his conditioning.
CompuBox punch statistics says Broner landed 166 of 403 punches (41 percent), while Granados connected on 146 of 683 blows (21 percent).
Broner earned $1 million in the fight, while Granados (18-5-2, 12 KOs) made a career-high $250,000.