December 27, 2017
December 27, 2017
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SWEDISH heavyweight Adrian Granat stopped Georgia’s Irakli Gvenetadze in his comeback bout on Friday December 22 following his shock loss to Alexander Dimitrenko in March.

Against Gvenetadze at Hamburg’s Sporthalle, Granat controlled the fight with his jab from the outset, although Gvenetadze did manage to land a few punches. In round four, Granat connected with a right uppercut and Gvenetadze went down. Referee Timo Habighorst wisely stopped the contest.

After the victory, Granat said: “It felt really good to be back in the ring. I followed the instructions from Armand Krajnc and Danny Cramner [in the corner]. I wanted to have control, but after a while my trainers said, ‘Knock him out’, and that is what I did.

“Now, my next fight will be against Otto Wallin at the end of February. This is a fight I have been asking for for a long time, but [promoters] the Sauerlands and Wallin have been scared. They got somewhat braver after my loss in March, and then they proposed this fight. And to be honest, I think they regret it now. Wallin is not on my level.”

Granat’s head coach Krajnc was satisfied after the fight: “Granat did a great job. What I like about this guy is that he listens. After the Dimitrenko fight, Granat came to my gym and said, ‘Armand, I am moving back to Scandinavia and you are the best trainer here. Let us work.’ I said yes. I was the one who made Adrian turn pro in 2013, and I am the one who can take him to the top.

“Our next fight, against Wallin, will be a good fight, but Granat will win. After that we
want a rematch against Dimitrenko. And after that, we are ready for the top 10.”

The all-Swedish clash between Wallin and Granat will most likely be held in Stockholm or Sundsvall, since the Sauerlands won the purse bid.