Granat feeling stronger than ever
Luke G. Williams
Swedish heavyweight prospect Adrian Granat (13-0, 12 KOs) is in combative mood ahead of his fight against Franz Rill (13-1, 9 KOs) in Hamburg on Saturday.
The Rill contest represents a step-up in class for the 25-year-old Malmo born pugilist, with the IBF intercontinental title also on the line as an added inducement for both men. The only blemish on the 28-year-old Rill's record is a December 2015 unanimous points loss to Robert Helenius.
Speaking ahead of the contest, Granat has emphasised that he is in top shape. “We have had a great training camp with lots of sparring sessions during the last couple of months," he said. "There has been a wide range of different sparring partners in our camp in Hamburg, which has been ideal for me. Every day entering the gym, I've just told trainer [Bülent] Baser - 'Line em up.'
"I'm really looking forward to this one. It's gonna be a good fight. Franz and I have an equal amount of fights behind us. I have watched him fight and he is good. He is tough. It's a good fight for me.
"I feel stronger than ever. I do not want to encourage betting, but don´t put your money on Rill in this fight. I just can´t see how he can manage more than eight rounds with me.”
Granat has been touted as one of the leading heavyweight prospects in the world and has a spotless record since turning pro in 2013, having previously worked as an accountant.
“I always tell people - I can count – I'm good with numbers and I can fight," the heavyweight hopeful nicknamed 'the Pike' quipped. "That is a really good combination if you want to make it in professional boxing.”
Recently, Granat has been angling to set up in class, having called out British heavyweights Dillian Whyte, Hughie Fury and David Price. Rill certainly represents a step in the right direction if he is to gatecrash world class, and our pick is for 'The Pike' to win by stoppage within seven rounds.
Elsewhere on the Hamburg bill, which is a co-promotion between EC Boxpromotion and Z-Promotion, is an all-German heavyweight showdown between Erkan Teper (16-0, 10 KOs) and Christian Hammer (19-4, 11 KOs). After failing a drugs test after knocking out David Price in July 2015, the controversial Teper has fought once, winning a unanimous decision against Derric Rossy. The 34-year-old should maintain his unbeaten streak on Saturday.