By David Martinez / dmboxing.com
On Saturday, April 20, 2019, FOX / PBC televised, from the Dignity Health Sports Park in Carson, California, a ten round main event between former two division World Champion Danny Garcia (35-2 / 21 by KO) and Adrian Granados (20-7-2 / 14 by KO). On paper this looked to be an interesting comeback fight for Garcia as Granados is a tough customer, with an awaked style, who can spoil anybody’s evening! But once in the ring it turned into a lopsided shutout for Garcia. He won every round, dominating and dropping Granados three times en-route to a seventh round stoppage.
Garcia dropped Granados twice in the second round. First with a beautiful counter left hook midway through the round, and then, with a few second left in the round, dropped Granados with a straight right hand. In that second round, I saw Granados age before my eyes. The outcome of the fight as well as the ending of Granados career became clearly evident. Both were just a matter of time.
After that second round Granados never got on track and was dropped again in the fifth round from a left upper cut. All the while Garcia remained patient, kept his composure and simply delivered a dominating performance round after round.
It’s one thing to lose a fight, but to take such a one sided beating is another thing. Granados has had an exciting ten year pro career. He’s fought some of the best in the game, was competitive and never failed to give 110% in the ring. He’s had losses and draws that could have, perhaps should have, been wins. But in this fight he just couldn’t see the punches coming, especially Garcia’s right hand, which should have been the easiest for him to pick up because, from an orthodox fighter, it has to travel the furthest distance.
I completely concur with referee Thomas Taylor’s stoppage of the one-sided bout at 1:33 of round seven. He made a good call! Had he not done so, I am convinced the ringside physician, who had been checking on Granados between rounds, would have stopped the fight at the end of the seventh round.
While it seems to be the right time for Adrian Granados to hang up the gloves, we have to ask “What’s next for Danny Garcia?” In a very rich welterweight division there are several possibilities. Perhaps a showdown with 40 year Manny Pacquaio, or a rematch with either Shawn Porter or Keith Thurman. This would be a chance for Garcia to get some payback. His only two loses have been to Porter and Thurman and both were very close decision which many, including Garcia, felt he won.
Potential mega fights certainly are in the extremely talent heavy welterweight division. An eight man tournament to seek out the best would include: Terence Crawford (35-0), Errol Spence Jr. (25-0), Manny Pacquiao (61-7-2), Keith Thurman (29-0), Shawn Porter (30-2-1), Egidijus Kavaliauskas (21-0-1), Jeff Horn (19-1-1), and now Danny Garcia (35-2)
This group possess an astounding combined ring record of: 255 wins, 12 losses, 7 draws. I, for one, am in favor for a welterweight tournament to unify the various titles and determine who is the top of the crop at 147 pounds! The sooner the better while this talented crop of welterweights are at the height of their careers. The time is now, for boxing. The questions is, will these promoters come to their senses to make it happen?