Adrien Broner outlasts former sparring partner Adrian Granados in 10-round welterweight bout

The four-time champion overcomes a tumultuous year of legal and personal troubles to win in his home town

PUBLISHED : Sunday, 19 February, 2017, 2:44pm
UPDATED : Sunday, 19 February, 2017, 10:33pm

Boxing in his home town after a tumultuous year of legal and personal troubles, Adrien “The Problem” Broner fought to a split decision over Adrian Granados in a 10-round welterweight bout at Xavier University’s Cintas Centre.

Broner (33-2, 24 knockouts) had fought just once in the past 15 months. It was the four-time champion’s first fight since losing the 140-pound WBA title for failure to make weight.

He also served jail time in July after being tardy for his trial for assault and robbery charges. Broner later posted on Instagram that he was contemplating suicide.

Granados (18-5-2, 12 knockouts) wanted to keep the decision out of the judges’ hands with Broner fighting in his home town. But two judges narrowly scored in favour of Broner, 97-93, 96-94.

Granados, a Chicago native, and Broner are close friends and former sparring partners.

In Saturday night’s co-feature, Lamont Peterson (35-3-1) returned from a 16-month lay off and took the WBA welterweight title from Russian David Avanesyan (22-2-1) in a 12-round unanimous decision.

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