- Michael Grant (boxer)
Michael Grant Statistics Real name Michael Anthony Grant Nickname(s) Big Rated at Heavyweight Height 6 ft 7 in (2.01 m) Reach 86 in (218 cm) Nationality United States Born August 4, 1972
Chicago, Illinois, United States
Stance Orthodox Boxing record Total fights 52 Wins 48 Wins by KO 36 Losses 4 No contests 0
Michael Anthony Grant (born August 4, 1972) is a professional heavyweight boxer. He is 6' 7" (200.5 cm) tall, with an 86' reach. A natural born athlete before boxing he blossomed into a three-sport star at Chicago's Harper High School. He was a right handed pitcher who drew attention from the Kansas City Royals, an imposing two-way player at tight end and defensive end on the football field and a front court force on the basketball court. Grant still gets fired up thinking about his varsity debut. Grant graduated in 1991 and went on to play football at Mount San Antonio College near Los Angeles. At 6-foot-7, he was a towering defensive end looking to leap to a major college program. But poor grades forced him to the sidelines.
Grant had just 12 amateur fights. In the Golden Gloves 1994 semi-finals he lost his only amateur fight to Derrick Jefferson on points.
In his early career, Grant beat Corey Sanders, Ross Puritty, ex-contender Lionel Butler, Al Cole, Cuban Jorge Luis Gonzalez, hard-punching David Izon and Obed Sullivan. He knocked down and outpointed Lou Savarese before most notably fighting Andrew Golota. During that fight Grant was knocked down twice in the first round only to come from behind to score a knockout in the tenth round. By this point the Ring Magazine ranked him as the #3 heavyweight in the world.
Challenge against Lewis
Grant's undefeated record and victories against Sullivan, Savarese and Golota earned him an opportunity to challenge newly crowned undisputed heavyweight champion Lennox Lewis. Lewis was coming off a unanimous decision victory against Evander Holyfield and wanted to make a statement with his first title defence.
Grant started the fight very aggressively but was put down by a right hand. He got back to his feet and was beaten badly by Lewis, a left hand on the side of the head sending Grant reeling into the corner and counting as a second knockdown. Grant was badly hurt but seemed to recover toward the end of the first round until a vicious right hand sent him down for the third time. Remarkably Grant beat the count. His trainer Don Turner implored him to use his legs. While Grant tried to rally, Lewis took his time in round two before finishing Grant off with an uppercut.
Sidelined by injuries for fifteen months, in his comeback fight Grant fought and lost to Jameel McCline in 2001, where he was knocked down in the first round and had to retire due to a broken ankle. After a brief comeback, then-undefeated Dominick Guinn knocked him out in 2003 in seven rounds. Since the loss, Grant has fought sporadically against limited opposition.
On November 19, 2011, Grant faced Francois Botha for the vacant WBF Heavyweight title. Grant won by a 12th round KO. The fight took place at Monte Casino, Johannesburg, Gauteng, South Africa. Immediately after the fight, Grant called out the Klitschko brothers who hold all of the major Heavyweight titles. 
Professional boxing record
48 Wins (36 knockouts), 4 Losses, 0 Draws  Result Record Opponent Type Round Date Location Notes Win 48–4 Francois Botha KO 12 (12) 19/11/2011 Monte Casino, Johannesburg, Gauteng, South Africa Won WBF Heavyweight title. Win 47–4 Tye Fields KO 3 (10) 11/03/2011 Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino, Las Vegas, Nevada, United States A big straight-right hand sent Fields down and flat on his back in round 3. He was able to make it to his knees, but was visibly hurt and unstable. At the count of 5, Referee Joe Cortez stepped in and waved an end to the bout. Loss 46–4 Tomasz Adamek UD 12 21/08/2010 Prudential Center, Newark, New Jersey, United States For WBO NABO & IBF International Heavyweight titles. Adamek was cut over the right eye. Win 46–3 Kevin Burnett TKO 1 (8) 07/05/2010 Oheka Castle, Huntington, New York, United States Win 45–3 Paul Marinaccio UD 12 15/11/2008 Seneca Niagara Casino & Hotel, Niagara Falls, New York, United States Won NABA USA Heavyweight title. Win 44–3 Demetrice King UD 8 11/07/2008 National Guard Armory, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States Win 43–3 Kevin Montiy TKO 7 (8) 05/09/2007 Cipriani Wall Street, New York, New York, United States Montiy knocked down near the end of the 6th from a barrage of punches. Floored again in the 7th from a right-left combination, prompting the referee to stop the fight. Win 42–3 Billy Zumbrun TKO 5 (8) 27/06/2007 Cipriani Wall Street, New York, New York, United States Win 41–3 Marcus McGee UD 8 24/06/2005 Target Center, Minneapolis, Minnesota, United States Grant deducted 1 point for a shove in the 8th. Win 40–3 Wallace McDaniel UD 8 08/04/2005 Miccosukee Indian Gaming Resort, Miami, Florida, United States Grant was knocked down in the 1st, and McDaniel was dropped 3 times in the 8th. Win 39–3 Charles Hatcher TKO 8 (8) 21/02/2004 City Center Pavilion, Reno, Nevada, United States Hatcher knocked clean out by a right hand while against the ropes. Referee stopped contest as Hatcher lay face-down on the mat. Loss 38–3 Dominick Guinn TKO 7 (10) 07/06/2003 Boardwalk Hall, Atlantic City, New Jersey, United States Grant down once in 3rd, twice in 4th, and once in 7th. Win 38–2 Gilbert Martinez TKO 8 (10) 18/04/2003 Palace Indian Gaming Center, Lemoore, California, United States Referee's stoppage. Win 37–2 Carlton Johnson TKO 5 (10) 24/01/2003 Spectrum, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States Grant knocked down Johnson with a straight right early in the 4th. Grant had been lethargic through 2 rounds. Win 36–2 James Walton TKO 4 (10) 07/11/2002 Hilton Hotel, Washington, United States Davis was knocked down once in the 3rd round by barrage of punches. Davis beat the count but then he failed to answer the punches and referee Mike Ortega decided to stop the contest. Fight was aired on ESPN. Win 35–2 Robert Davis TKO 3 (10) 03/08/2002 Foxwoods Resort, Mashantucket, Connecticut, United States Win 34–2 Anthony Willis TKO 2 (10) 01/06/2002 Stratosphere Hotel & Casino, Las Vegas, Nevada, United States Willis down 4 times in 2nd, all from right hands. Win 33–2 Joe Lenhart TKO 5 (8) 13/04/2002 Mountaineer Casino, Racetrack and Resort, Chester, West Virginia, United States Lenhart down 3 times in 5th. Win 32–2 Reynaldo Minus TKO 4 (8) 09/03/2002 A. J. Palumbo Center, Mashantucket, Connecticut, United States Grant landed a right cross to the head of Minus, who dropped to one knee. Referee Rick Steigerwald stopped the fight at 2:02 of the 4th after looking at the cut above Minus' left eye. Loss 31–2 Jameel McCline TKO 1 (10) 21/07/2001 Caesars Palace, Las Vegas, Nevada, United States Grant down from first punch of the fight. Referee stops the fight after Grant says his ankle might be broken. Loss 31–1 Lennox Lewis KO 2 (12) 29/04/2000 Madison Square Garden, New York, New York, United States For WBC, IBF & IBO Heavyweight titles. Grant down 3 times in the 1st round, and once in the 2nd round. Lewis refused to cancel the Grant fight, and surrendered the WBA crown upon entering the ring. Win 31–0 Andrew Golota TKO 10 (12) 20/11/1999 Trump Taj Mahal, Atlantic City, New Jersey, United States Retained NABF Heavyweight title. WBC Heavyweight title eliminator. Grant down twice in 1st round. Golota deducted one point for low blow in 3rd round, Grant deducted one point for low blow in the 4th. Golota refuses to continue after rising from a knockdown in the 10th. Win 30–0 Lou Savarese UD 10 19/06/1999 Madison Square Garden, New York, New York, United States Savarese down twice in 10th. Win 29–0 Ahmed Abdin RTD 10 (12) 30/01/1999 Boardwalk Hall, Atlantic City, New Jersey, United States Won vacant NABF Heavyweight title. Title had been vacated by John Ruiz. Abdin down in 9th and twice in 10th, unable to answer bell for 11th round. Grant deducted 1 point for low blow in 4th. Win 28–0 Obed Sullivan TKO 9 (12) 30/05/1998 Convention Center, Atlantic City, New Jersey, United States Retained IBC Heavyweight title. Grant was cut over the left eye in the 1st round. Sullivan was knocked down once in the 9th round. He beat the count, but then failed to answer the punches. Win 27–0 David Izon TKO 5 (12) 17/01/1998 Convention Center, Atlantic City, New Jersey, United States Retained IBC Heavyweight title. Izon was hurt by more than 20 punches and had stopped defending against punches. The referee decided to stop the contest. There were no knockdowns. Win 26–0 Jorge Luis Gonzalez TKO 1 (12) 07/11/1997 Bally's Las Vegas, Las Vegas, Nevada, United States Retained IBC Heavyweight title. Gonzalez was knocked down by a overhand right, and then by a barrage of punches. After the 2nd knockdown Referee Joe Cortez stopped the fight. Win 25–0 Alfred Cole RTD 10 (12) 20/06/1997 Bally's Park Place Hotel Casino, Atlantic City, New Jersey, United States Won vacant IBC Heavyweight title. Corner retirement due to swelling around Cole's eyes. Win 24–0 Lionel Butler DQ 4 (10) 19/04/1997 Las Vegas Hilton, Las Vegas, Nevada, United States Butler deducted points for a headbutt in 2nd, a low blow in 3rd, then DQ'd for another low blow in 4th. Win 23–0 Jeff Wooden SD 10 14/03/1997 Pepsi Arena, Albany, New York, United States Win 22–0 Ray Anis UD 10 06/12/1996 Claridge Hotel & Casino, Atlantic City, New Jersey, United States Grant threw 52 jabs per round. Win 21–0 Louis Monaco TKO 3 (?) 06/10/1996 Sports Arena, Los Angeles, California, United States Win 20–0 Ross Puritty UD 10 21/07/1996 Teamster's Hall, Baltimore, Maryland, United States Win 19–0 Ed Donaldson TKO 3 (?) 11/06/1996 Foxwoods Resort, Mashantucket, Connecticut, United States After 2 rounds fought mostly at close range, in the 3rd round a barrage of punches leads to a standing 8 count for Donaldson. Referee Steve Smoger stops the fight at 2:15 of the 3rd round when a follow-up flurry leaves Donaldson bent over the ropes. Win 18–0 Olian Alexander TKO 4 (?) 10/05/1996 Madison Square Garden, New York, New York, United States Win 17–0 Corey Sanders TKO 2 (?) 15/03/1996 Convention Center, Atlantic City, New Jersey, United States Win 16–0 Rick Sullivan TKO 1 (6) 30/01/1996 Medieval Times, Lyndhurst, New Jersey, United States Sullivan was knocked down twice. Win 15–0 Bradley Rone UD 6 12/03/1996 Madison Square Garden, New York, New York, United States Win 14–0 Mike Dixon TKO 6 (?) 07/12/1995 Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States Win 13–0 Tim Noble TKO 2 (6) 10/11/1995 Bally's Park Place Hotel Casino, Atlantic City, New Jersey, United States Noble down twice in 2nd, ref stoppage while taking shots on the ropes. Win 12–0 Stanley Wright TKO 2 (10) 22/09/1995 Lewiston, Maine, United States Wright down in 1st and 2nd, quits fight after complaining of a tooth being knocked out. Win 11–0 Lou Turchiarelli TKO 1 (8) 20/05/1995 Convention Center, Atlantic City, New Jersey, United States Win 10–0 Tyrone Dixon TKO 1 (?) 06/12/1994 Memphis, Tennessee, United States Win 9–0 Danny Wofford PTS 8 03/12/1994 Grundy, Virginia, United States Win 8–0 Steve Edwards DQ 5 (6) 05/11/1994 MGM Grand, Las Vegas, Nevada, United States Win 7–0 John Basil Jackson UD 4 01/11/1994 Omni New Daisy Theater, Memphis, Tennessee, United States Win 6–0 Carlton Brown KO 1 (?) 22/10/1994 Grundy, Virginia, United States Win 5–0 Ed Strickland KO 1 (?) 04/10/1994 Memphis, Tennessee, United States Win 4–0 Elvin Evans TKO 6 (?) 23/09/1994 Grand Casino, Tunica, Mississippi, United States Win 3–0 Frankie Hines KO 1 (?) 06/09/1994 Memphis, Tennessee, United States Win 2–0 Jerome Jones TKO 2 (?) 07/08/1994 Grand Casino, Tunica, Mississippi, United States Win 1–0 Ernest English TKO 1 (4) 21/07/1994 Hasbrouck Heights, New Jersey, United States Pro debut for Grant.
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