Granados looks to upset #1 ranked Imam Saturday
November 25, 2015
Illinois native Adrian Granados (16-4-2, 11 KOs) will take on unbeaten New Yorker and WBC #1 ranked super lightweight Amir Imam (18-0, 15 KOs) this Saturday at the Centre Videotron, in Quebec City, Quebec Canada. It will take place on the undercard of the main event featuring IBF super middleweight champion James DeGale vs hometime favorite and ex-champ Lucian Bute. The Granados-Imam fight will be aired on Showtime Extreme.
It has been quite the ride for Granados the last 6 months or so. He signed with Journeyman Management and immediately saw himself on the undercard of the fight of the millennium between Floyd Mayweather Jr. and Manny Pacquaio. He dropped what many felt was a disputed split decision to world ranked Brad Solomon that night. The very next month he upset veteran Jesus Soto Karass on the Big Knockout Boxing (BKB) show in Las Vegas. He followed that up with three straight wins in the boxing ring heading into his showdown with Iman on Saturday.
Granados will enter the ring a decisive underdog versus Iman this Saturday. This is nothing new for him and doesn’t phase his team in the least. They firmly believe their guy will pull off the upset. “Adrian showed in his first fight with us versus Solomon that he’s fightng at a high level. We worked hard to get this fight done with Iman and are very confident in Adrian to pull off the upset,” said Journeyman Management CEO Andrew Zak.
How tough of a loss was the Solomon one for you?
It’s no secret that I have had a lot of close decisions not go my way but this one hurt more than any of them. I mean I was so ready and prepared for that fight. I am not going to even lie to you. I was so down after that fight.
What helped you get through such a tough moment?
Honestly, my management did. Andrew Zak and his team immediately following the Solomon fight told me not to worry and that I would get another opportunity. You may hear many managers say that in boxing but they were true to their word. The very next month they got me the Soto Karass fight. They kept me real busy right after that as well. Then they landed me this huge fight with Iman this Saturday. They have done everything they said they would do for me and more.
What do you know about your opponent?
I actually first saw him fight about year ago. He’s a very solid fighter. There is a reason he’s ranked number one in the world. I’ve fought top level guys also and performed well. I expect a tough fight from him but he can expect the same from me.
How do you feel about dropping down from 147 to 140 for this fight?
It works for me. I am actually tall for the weight as is Iman. I can still make the weight comfortably. I had plenty of time to prepare for this fight so the weight came off properly. I feel real strong. I am ready to go.
This is without a doubt the biggest fight of your career. Do you feel that you need to do anything different in preparation this time out?
I do expect that I will have to do different things during this fight. I won’t know exactly what those things are until I get into the ring. Watching his old fights on video won’t necessarily give me those answers as each fight is different. I will take this round by round until I find that right formula for success this Saturday.
Adrian Granados vs. #1-Ranked Amir Imam
Saturday, November 28 on SHOWTIME Extreme
Adrian Granados (14-3-2, 9 KOs) faces WBC #1 ranked super lightweight Amir Imam (18-0, 15 KOs) in a 10-round bout November 28 on SHO EXTREME. The undefeated Imam is the mandatory challenger to WBC 140-pound champion Viktor Postol, who won the vacant title with a 10th round TKO of Lucas Matthysse in October. In the SHO EXTREME opener, undefeated heavyweight Oscar Rivas (17-0, 12 KOs) will face Curtis Harper (12-4, 8 KOs) in a 10-round bout. Later, on regular SHOWTIME, IBF super middleweight champion James DeGale (21-1, 14 KOs) will defend his belt against former 168-pound champ Lucian Bute (32-2, 25 KOs). The card takes place at the Vidéotron Centre in Quebec City.
Journeyman Management goes 3-0 in Tucson
November 13, 2015
Unbeaten middleweight Nathaniel “No Problem” Gallimore (10-0-1, 8 KOs) survived a late scare in route to defeating Michael Finney (13-5-1) Friday night at the Clarion Hotel and Conference Center in Tucson, Arizona. Like his nickname, Gallimore had “No Problem” with Finney until the eighth and final round. Finley delivered a devastating liver shot halfway through the round to put Gallimore down on the canvas for the first time in his career. Gallimore barely got up but did to finish the round. The official scores were 79-73, 79-73, 78-74 all for the undefeated Illinois-based Jamaican Gallimore.
His Journeyman Management stablemates Ernest Muhammad Jr. (4-0, 2 KOs) and debuting Joshua Zuniga (1-0) were victorious as well. Super lightweight Muhammad Jr. stopped Jose Caro (0-2) by TKO in round two. Caro was transported to the hospital following the bout. Super featherweight Zuniga (1-0) stopped the much more experienced Misael Chacon (1-12-1) by TKO in round three.
Desert Heat III: Weigh-In Pictures
November 12, 2015
Nathaniel Gallimore: 155 lbs vs. Michael Finney: 149 lbs
Ernest Muhammad Jr.: 145 vs. Jose Caro: 139 lbs
Joshua Zuniga: 130 lbs vs. Misael Chacon: 132 lbs
Tickets: (520) 448-5032
First Bout: 7pm
Clarion Hotel Conference Center
4550 S. Palo Verde Rd.
Tucson, AZ 85714
Undefeated Abel Ramos vs. Regis Prograis on ShoBox: December 11
November 12, 2015
By: Round By Round Boxing
On December 11 at the Bayou City Event Center in Houston, eight undefeated prospects with a combined record of 92-0-3 will trade leather in the final ShoBox telecast of 2015.
Headlining the DiBella Entertainment and Savarese Promotions-promoted event will be Regis Prograis (15-0, 12 KOs), who faces Abel Ramos (14-0-2, 9 KOs) in the 10-round super lightweight main event.
Undefeated Nathaniel Gallimore Ready For Tenth Fight of 2015!
November 11, 2015
By: GM Ross / CanadianBoxiana.com
Busy Illinois Prospect Takes on Michael Finney this Friday in Arizona
Undefeated middleweight Nathaniel Gallimore (9-0-1, 8KOs) of Evanston, Illinois, is one of the busiest fighters in boxing. With just under two months remaining in 2015, Gallimore has already fought an astounding nine times, earning big wins over Juan Carlos Rojas, Lauro Alcantar, and Robert Burwell. On Friday, November 13, he returns to the ring yet again to meet Michael Finney (13-4-1, 11KOs) of Alabama in an eight rounder at the Clarion Hotel and Conference Center in Tucson, Arizona. In a recent interview with Fightfan.com, Gallimore seemed very satisfied with his preparation for the upcoming fight. “Camp has been excellent!” said Gallimore. “My coach has set me up with a workout regime that will lead me to victory in this upcoming fight.”
Ten fights is a lot for any boxer, but Gallimore appears unfazed by his busy fight schedule. “I know my management team is moving me fast,” explained Gallimore, “but they are moving me in the right direction. I stay injury free by getting my opponent out of the ring quickly. Staying focused with my schedule comes naturally. I have an intense will to succeed and passion for the sport.” It doesn’t hurt that Gallimore has stopped eight of ten opponents, including six men who fell in under a round. “I don’t initially go into the ring looking for the knockout,” said the Illinois prospect, “but if it presents itself, I definitely take advantage of it. People should expect the whole package. I bring it all.”
In addition to talent, determination, and power, Gallimore benefits from the support of his numerous fans and admirers. “To my friends, family, fans, and supporters, I would like to say that I appreciate all the support and love that you give me,” said Gallimore, “I will make you proud by becoming a world champion!”
Adrian Granados to Face #1-Ranked Amir Imam on November 28
November 10, 2015
WBC #1 ranked super lightweight Amir Imam (18-0, 15 KOs) returns to face Adrian Granados (14-3-2, 9 KOs) in a 10-round bout on November 28 on SHO EXTREME. The undefeated Imam is the mandatory challenger to WBC 140-pound champion Viktor Postol, who won the vacant title with a 10th round TKO of Lucas Matthysse in October. In the SHO EXTREME opener, undefeated heavyweight Oscar Rivas (17-0, 12 KOs) will face Curtis Harper (12-4, 8 KOs) in a 10-round bout. Later, on regular SHOWTIME, IBF super middleweight champion James DeGale (21-1, 14 KOs) will defend his belt against former 168-pound champ Lucian Bute (32-2, 25 KOs). The card takes place at the Vidéotron Centre in Quebec City.
Gallimore-Finney Featured in Tucson on Friday, November 13
November 10, 2015
Unbeaten jr middleweight Nathaniel Gallimore (9-0-1, 8 KOs) will take on Mike Finney (13-4-1, 11 KOs) this Friday in a scheduled eight-rounder at the Clarion Hotel and Conference Center in Tucson, Arizona. Gallimore, based out of Illinois by way of Jamaica, is coming off of an eight round draw his last fight last month with Urman Ryskeldiev (11-3-2, 7 KOs) in his first real test as a pro. He will now face Finney just three short weeks later. Finney was once a promising prospect promoted by Top Rank Inc. and managed by Cameron Dunkin. He has struggled of late, but his four losses are against high grade competition.
The draw in his last fight hasn’t wavered the confidence of his management team ahead of his second consecutive tough challenge. “Nathaniel really stepped up his last fight and performed well. We have the same confidence in him after the draw. For our team, it’s all about the fighter and the journey,” said Journeyman Management CEO Andrew Zak.
The show is promoted by Kenneth Ray Mitchell Sr. (Wildwest Boxing Promotions, LLC). Gallimore’s managerial stablemates unbeaten Ernest Muhammad Jr. (3-0 , 1 KO) and debuter Joshua Zuniga will be featured on the undercard.