Published on November 8, 2016 at 1:43 pm Contact Paul: [email protected] | @pschweds Freshman forward Matthew Moyer will redshirt this season, Syracuse announced Tuesday afternoon.The 6-foot-8, 220-pound Moyer missed time in the preseason due to a right foot injury. Orange head coach Jim Boeheim cited an injury as to why Moyer will redshirt. AdvertisementThis is placeholder textMoyer was ranked as the 74th best recruit in the 2016 class, according to ESPN. He was joined by guard Tyus Battle (ranked 35th) and forward Taurean Thompson (ranked 75th).Syracuse’s 2017 recruiting class currently does not have any members. Moyer is the first known player who will begin his SU career in 2017. Boeheim said at SU’s media day on Oct. 21 that Moyer had made up “a lot of ground” after missing time earlier on. But the head coach also said that he will regularly use nine or 10 players, an increase from the typical size of his rotation. Having this much depth gives Syracuse flexibility and Moyer redshirting doesn’t leave much of a hole for the Orange.Syracuse’s frontcourt includes centers Dajuan Coleman and Paschal Chukwu as well as forwards Thompson and Tyler Roberson to rely on. Comments Facebook Twitter Google+
The Illinois native followed that up by dropping another close decision — this time, to current WBC welterweight champion Shawn Porter in November of the same year.On Saturday night, Granados gets another opportunity for a signature win, as he takes on former two-division world champion Danny Garcia at the Dignity Health Sports Park in Carson, Calif., live on “Premier Boxing Champions on FOX.” While always honored to be given a chance to do what he loves, Granados is frustrated in not being able to secure a career-defining victory. And he fully intends to change that storyline this weekend.”It means a lot to be fighting Danny,” Granados told Sporting News. “I think it’s a compliment to the work I’ve done and the fights that I’ve put on. But I’m just tired of it being another opportunity. It’s time for a big win to stamp my name in the boxing world.”Join DAZN and watch more than 100 fight nights a yearOut of Granados’ six career losses, three have come by split decision and two by majority decision. Granados felt politics played a role in not getting the nods on the judges’ scorecards in the Broner and Porter bouts. And coming up short in those types of fights can make one question moving forward. However, Granados has decided to take a fresh perspective in 2019 — one without making any excuses. The new mindset starts with Garcia.”It pushes me harder especially in this fight with Danny to put on a great performance,” Granados said. “I’m going to try and take it out of the judges’ hands. And if I do put in the judges’ hands, I want to make sure it’s a straightforward victory for me, where they have no choice in the matter, but to give it to me. God works in mysterious ways. I believe this fight is going to be the charm to change all of the bad luck. God willing, I’ll be able to get a big win this weekend.”According to proboxingodds.com, Garcia is anywhere from a 16-1 to nearly a 25-1 favorite to beat Granados. But being in the underdog role once again is nothing new for the 32-year-old and he sees it a lot closer.”To me, this is a 50-50 fight,” Granados said. “A lot of people are talking about all these big fights ahead for Danny Garcia and that I’m going to get knocked out. I’ve never been stopped, so they are already writing me off and we haven’t even stepped in the ring. I got something lined up for those critics. If anything, they are motivating me to train harder.” Not many fighters continuously get big fights without winning a world title and Granados understands the challenge in front of him — secure a victory over one of the premier boxers in the division and catapult his name into the thick of the welterweight division. Squander another opportunity and he could be relegated to gatekeeper status.”I know that delivering another great fight on Saturday will lead to more fights, but this is a must-win for me to open up the doors for bigger opportunities,” Granados admitted. “I don’t want to be judged as a gatekeeper, another opponent or getting disrespected and being a stepping stool. It’s not who I am. I know Saturday night is the reason why I’m fighting Danny Garcia. I belong with him, Adrien Broner and Shawn Porter.”I know I always come with a great fight,” he continued. “This is a fight that I need to win and that’s why I’m going to fight smart, intelligent and dominate.” Adrian Granados is grateful to have had the chance to fight two of boxing’s most prominent names — Adrien Broner and Shawn Porter.Granados (20-6-2, 14 KOs) came up short against Broner, the former four-division world champion, by losing a split decision in a February 2017 fight that many in the sport thought that he won pretty handily.