More of Frank Warren’s prospects are showcased on BT Sport on the undercard of his show at the Brentwood Centre this Saturday night.
At the head of the preliminaries, Sunny Edwards (9-0, KO3), fresh of a stunning, masterclass of a display against Ryan Farrag last time out, comes up against the experienced Mexican, Junior Granados (16-5-1, KO9) In a ten rounder for Edwards’ WBO European Super Flyweight Title. Edwards was dazzling at the York Hall at the end of October against former European Champion Farrag, winning every round on two judges cards’ and all but one on the third in a near punch perfect performance. He picked up the Title he holds in November last year, stopping unbeaten Ross Murray in four rounds, and this will be his second defence.
Granados is best remembered on these shores for his fight of the year contender with Jamie Conlan in Dublin in July 2015. In an up and down thriller, Granados knocked down Conlan twice with body shots, and came close to finishing the Irishman off, but Conlan rode out the storm to take a points win. The Yucatan based Mexican is 4-5-1 in his last ten fights, and that includes losses to men with less than ordinary records.
The then 3-9 Antonio Rodriguez handed Granados his first defeat back in November 2013 with a sixth round stoppage win. A split draw and two more losses immediately followed this, including another defeat at the hands of Rodriguez in January 2015, this time a fourth round knockout. After a comeback win, he ran into Conlan in a classic, but his form has picked up since venturing outside of his native Mexico for the first time. He is 3-1 in his last four fights, his loss coming against the then 9-10-4 Jose Rivas in June 2016 via split decision. In his last outing, he stopped the unbeaten Roque Mex in the last of a twelve rounder just last month.
Edwards is on a roll, and I can’t see the Mexican halting the Croydon man’s progress. Edwards should invest to the body to slow his opponent down, and I can see Granados being halted by around the seventh, as the accumulation of Edwards’ clean and slick work, along with a high level of intensity, will be too much for Junior to handle. It will then be interesting to see what 2019 then holds, as Edwards can surely start to make real progress towards major Titles.
Bradley Skeete (28-2, KO13) steadily continues his rebuild after his shattering knockout loss to Kerman Lajarraga in April, in a challenge for the European Welterweight Title. The former British Champion returned in June to stop Fernando Valencia in the third of a scheduled six rounder. His opponent on the bill is yet to be announced, but it is slated to be a ten rounder.
“The Hutch Train” again leaves the station, and is ready for action as Willy Hutchinson (6-0, KO4) does battle with fellow a fellow unbeaten fighter in Dudley’s Josh Miller (3-0, KO0) over six at Light Heavyweight.
Former Team GB member, and exciting Super Flyweight prospect, Harvey Horn (3-0, KO1) continues his education against the durable Nicaraguan, Cristian Narvaez (15-12-4, KO1) in a six rounder.