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.