Adrian Granados vs. Carlos Winston Velasquez this Friday, December 6th

Exciting light welterweight contender Adrian “El Tigre” Granados has heard it all before.

“Fight smart. Stay out of the trenches. Don’t go to war if you don’t have to,” are all familiar bits of advice he’s been given many times. But a leopard can’t change its spots and, despite all his best-laid pre-fight plans to use his excellent boxing skills, when Granados gets in the ring, the proud Mexican American can’t seem to resist a good slugfest.

Granados (10-1-2, 6 KOs) of Cicero, Illinois, via Mexico, will face durable, seasoned veteran Carlos Winston “El Guerrero” Velasquez (21-17-1, 11 KOs) from Managua, Nicaragua, in one of the main supporting bouts of “World Championship Boxing: Wlodarczyk vs. Fragomeni 3″ on Friday, December 6, at the UIC Pavilion in Chicago.

In the night’s 12-round main event, WBC Cruiserweight Champion Krzysztof “Diablo” Wlodarczyk (48-2-1, 34 KOs) of Warsaw, Poland, will attempt to make the sixth defense of his title and complete an epic trilogy of fights with Milan, Italy’s former WBC Cruiserweight Champion Giacobbe “Gabibbo” Fragomeni (31-3-2, 12 KOs). And in the very special featured bout, IBF #1 Light Heavyweight contender Andrzej Fonfara (25-2, 14 KOs) has agreed to a very dangerous test against La Habra, California, via Colombia KO artist Samuel Miller (26-7, 23 KOs).

Tickets for “World Championship Boxing: Wlodarczyk vs. Fragomeni 3″ are priced at VIP $201, VIP Ringside $151, Ringside $101, Box Mezzanine $76, Reserved Mezzanine $51, and General Admission $31 and can be purchased through Ticketmaster (Ticketmaster.com, 1-800-745-3000), the 8 Count Productions Offices: 312-226-5800 or the UIC Pavilion Box Office: 312-413-5740.

“I get drawn into fighting everybody else’s fight,” explained Granados of his tendency to go to war in every fight. “I need to go in there and do my job, my way. I know Carlos Winston Velasquez has a lot of experience and 40 fights. He’s very durable. I know I have to fight a smart fight and, most importantly, fight my fight.”

All of which sounds good. 24-year-old Granados is in with an eight-year pro in Valasquez, who has pulled off a number of upsets over fighters with good records in his career. Granados would be well served to stay out of danger and use his fast, educated hands to cruise to a safe decision… but that’s not Adrian Granados.

“I’m a Mexican American, so we have a smart chess match or a Mexican gun fight. Whatever he wants, I say let’s go for it!”

Always well-prepared, Granados split his training time working with trainer George Hernandez and in camp with WBA Welterweight Champion, Adrien Broner.

“I did my thing and he did his thing and it was a great camp for both of us,” continued Granados. “I wish him nothing but the best in his fight on December 14. He’s a great guy, good fighter, strong, fast. He’s smart. There’s a reason why he’s champion.”

Granados’ last fight was a war for the ages last August against then-undefeated Mark Salser on the historic ESPN Friday Night Fights broadcast from U.S. Cellular Field. Down hard in rounds two and five, Granados stormed back to drop and stop Salser in round six.

“I learned a lot in that fight, Salser came to win and he could crack. I’ve never been dropped like that. It was a great fight and a historic victory for me in a historic fight. I was very happy to get the win. I’ve never been one to get crazy after a fight, but I was very happy I got that victory.”

Not as pleased that night was ESPN’s legendary color man Teddy Atlas who was critical of Granados fan-friendly habit of making fights harder than perhaps they should be.

“Teddy is a legend himself. I’m reading his book right now. I know he called me an idiot, and I was being an idiot. He’s right. I need to be smarter in these fights, but I’m an exciting fighter. I know I am. I make good fights. What can I say?”

Boxing Hall Of Fame: Class of 2014 Announced in Canastota!

CANASTOTA, NY – DECEMBER 4, 2013 – The International Boxing Hall of Fame and Museum announced today the newest class of inductees to enter the Hall. Living inductees include two division champion “The Pride of Wales” Joe Calzaghe, six division world champion “The Golden Boy” Oscar De La Hoya and three division champion Felix “Tito” Trinidad in the Modern category; promoter Barry Hearn, referee Richard Steele, journalist Graham Houston and photographer Neil Leifer.

“We’re extremely excited about the Class of 2014 and are very much looking forward to honoring the 25th class of inductees,” said Executive Director Edward Brophy.

The 25th Annual Hall of Fame Weekend is scheduled for June 5-8th in Canastota, NY. Over 20 events, including a golf tournament, banquet, parade and autograph card show, are planned. An impressive celebrity lineup of boxing greats of yesterday and today will attend this year’s Induction Weekend. The highlight of the weekend will be the Official Enshrinement Ceremony on the Hall of Fame Museum Grounds in Canastota, New York on Sunday, June 8th to welcome the newest members.

The Hall of Fame also released names of posthumous honorees: George “K.O.” Chaney, Charles Ledoux and Mike O’Dowd in the Old-Timer Category; referee Eugene Corri in the Non Participant Category; and Tom Allen in the Pioneer Category. Inductees were voted in by members of the Boxing Writers Association and a panel of international boxing historians.

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COMMENTS UPON RECEIVING INDUCTION NEWS

“I’m so excited. I’m very proud and humbled. I think it’s amazing to be inducted. This is a massive, massive honor, just fantastic. To receive this honor and be up there with all the legends is the ultimate honor for me. I’m so happy right now and I can’t wait to come to Canastota.”
– Joe Calzaghe

“I am honored and appreciative to be chosen for the International Boxing Hall of Fame’s Class of 2014 and I thank everyone who has been a part of this journey with me. This is the dream of everyone who puts on a pair of gloves and steps between the ropes and through the good and the bad, you always hope that when all is said and done, you put on good fights, entertained the fans and will be remembered for what you did in the ring. To know that I will be in the Hall of Fame with the greats of this sport is humbling, but it’s also put a smile on my face that isn’t coming off anytime soon.”
– Oscar De La Hoya

“This is tremendous news. I’ve spent many years in boxing and I am very happy. This is a great honor for me, my father, my family and my whole team. I’m extremely happy to be inducted with all the Puerto Rican boxers already in the Hall of Fame. This is the biggest triumph in my career!“
– Felix “Tito” Trinidad

“I’m honored. I never dreamed in my wildest dreams I’d receive such an accolade. My immediate reaction is shock and terrific pride and gratitude for such an honor. In my thirty odd years as a boxing promoter this is without a doubt one of my proudest moments. To share the company and be in the same conversation with all the legends in the Hall is a real honor for me and I’m so grateful for it.”
– Barry Hearn

“I appreciate this so much. It really feels like my life has been completed. This means the world to me. It’s an honor for me and my family.”
– Richard Steele

“This is amazing. To get inducted into the Hall of Fame is a great honor of course and is something that pleases me very much. After putting in so many years of writing about boxing – which I’ve loved – its like the end of the journey to some extent, to get the highest award that one can get in the sport. So I’m feeling overwhelmed. It’s certainly tremendous validation for everything that I have achieved.”
– Graham Houston

“I am very, very pleased and quite honored. I’m very often asked what my favorite sport to photograph is and I always say without a moment’s hesitation, boxing has been my favorite. And there are two reasons why. One, I think the nicest people I met in the world of sports were in boxing. On both sides – the fighters and the supporting cast. And secondly, being lucky enough to have my career parallel Muhammad Ali’s. There’s never been a greater subject for a photographer than Muhammad Ali.”
– Neil Leifer


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