Michael Grant (boxer)

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 (1972-08-04) (age 39)
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.

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Amateur

Grant had just 12 amateur fights. In the Golden Gloves 1994 semi-finals he lost his only amateur fight to Derrick Jefferson on points.

Pro career

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.

Later career

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.

The once heavily-hyped Grant has had several high-profile trainers, including Don Turner, Teddy Atlas, Buddy McGirt and currently Eddie Mustafa Muhammad.

On May 7, 2010, Grant fought for the first time in eighteen months and won by first-round technical knockout over Kevin Burnett at Oheka Castle, Huntingdon, NY.[1]

On Aug 21, 2010, with a 20 kg weight advantage, Grant was physically dominant, but lost on points to Tomasz Adamek by a unanimous decision. [2]

On March 11th, 2011, Grant fought Tye Fields (45-2) at the Planet Hollywood Resort and Casino in Las Vegas. Grant scored a one-punch third-round knockout.[3]

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. [4]

Professional boxing record

48 Wins (36 knockouts), 4 Losses, 0 Draws [1]
Result Record Opponent Type Round Date Location Notes
Win 48–4 South Africa Francois Botha KO 12 (12) 19/11/2011 South Africa Monte Casino, Johannesburg, Gauteng, South Africa Won WBF Heavyweight title.
Win 47–4 United States Tye Fields KO 3 (10) 11/03/2011 United States 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 Poland Tomasz Adamek UD 12 21/08/2010 United States Prudential Center, Newark, New Jersey, United States For WBO NABO & IBF International Heavyweight titles. Adamek was cut over the right eye.
Win 46–3 United States Kevin Burnett TKO 1 (8) 07/05/2010 United States Oheka Castle, Huntington, New York, United States
Win 45–3 United States Paul Marinaccio UD 12 15/11/2008 United States Seneca Niagara Casino & Hotel, Niagara Falls, New York, United States Won NABA USA Heavyweight title.
Win 44–3 United States Demetrice King UD 8 11/07/2008 United States National Guard Armory, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States
Win 43–3 United States Kevin Montiy TKO 7 (8) 05/09/2007 United States 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 United States Billy Zumbrun TKO 5 (8) 27/06/2007 United States Cipriani Wall Street, New York, New York, United States
Win 41–3 United States Marcus McGee UD 8 24/06/2005 United States Target Center, Minneapolis, Minnesota, United States Grant deducted 1 point for a shove in the 8th.
Win 40–3 United States Wallace McDaniel UD 8 08/04/2005 United States 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 United States Charles Hatcher TKO 8 (8) 21/02/2004 United States 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 United States Dominick Guinn TKO 7 (10) 07/06/2003 United States Boardwalk Hall, Atlantic City, New Jersey, United States Grant down once in 3rd, twice in 4th, and once in 7th.
Win 38–2 Mexico Gilbert Martinez TKO 8 (10) 18/04/2003 United States Palace Indian Gaming Center, Lemoore, California, United States Referee's stoppage.
Win 37–2 United States Carlton Johnson TKO 5 (10) 24/01/2003 United States 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 United States James Walton TKO 4 (10) 07/11/2002 United States 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 United States Robert Davis TKO 3 (10) 03/08/2002 United States Foxwoods Resort, Mashantucket, Connecticut, United States
Win 34–2 United States Anthony Willis TKO 2 (10) 01/06/2002 United States Stratosphere Hotel & Casino, Las Vegas, Nevada, United States Willis down 4 times in 2nd, all from right hands.
Win 33–2 United States Joe Lenhart TKO 5 (8) 13/04/2002 United States Mountaineer Casino, Racetrack and Resort, Chester, West Virginia, United States Lenhart down 3 times in 5th.
Win 32–2 The Bahamas Reynaldo Minus TKO 4 (8) 09/03/2002 United States 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 United States Jameel McCline TKO 1 (10) 21/07/2001 United States 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 United Kingdom Lennox Lewis KO 2 (12) 29/04/2000 United States 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 Poland Andrew Golota TKO 10 (12) 20/11/1999 United States 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 United States Lou Savarese UD 10 19/06/1999 United States Madison Square Garden, New York, New York, United States Savarese down twice in 10th.
Win 29–0 Syria Ahmed Abdin RTD 10 (12) 30/01/1999 United States 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 United States Obed Sullivan TKO 9 (12) 30/05/1998 United States 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 Nigeria David Izon TKO 5 (12) 17/01/1998 United States 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 Cuba Jorge Luis Gonzalez TKO 1 (12) 07/11/1997 United States 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 United States Alfred Cole RTD 10 (12) 20/06/1997 United States 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 United States Lionel Butler DQ 4 (10) 19/04/1997 United States 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 United States Jeff Wooden SD 10 14/03/1997 United States Pepsi Arena, Albany, New York, United States
Win 22–0 Haiti Ray Anis UD 10 06/12/1996 United States Claridge Hotel & Casino, Atlantic City, New Jersey, United States Grant threw 52 jabs per round.
Win 21–0 United States Louis Monaco TKO 3 (?) 06/10/1996 United States Sports Arena, Los Angeles, California, United States
Win 20–0 United States Ross Puritty UD 10 21/07/1996 United States Teamster's Hall, Baltimore, Maryland, United States
Win 19–0 United States Ed Donaldson TKO 3 (?) 11/06/1996 United States 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 United States Olian Alexander TKO 4 (?) 10/05/1996 United States Madison Square Garden, New York, New York, United States
Win 17–0 United States Corey Sanders TKO 2 (?) 15/03/1996 United States Convention Center, Atlantic City, New Jersey, United States
Win 16–0 United States Rick Sullivan TKO 1 (6) 30/01/1996 United States Medieval Times, Lyndhurst, New Jersey, United States Sullivan was knocked down twice.
Win 15–0 United States Bradley Rone UD 6 12/03/1996 United States Madison Square Garden, New York, New York, United States
Win 14–0 United States Mike Dixon TKO 6 (?) 07/12/1995 United States Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States
Win 13–0 United States Tim Noble TKO 2 (6) 10/11/1995 United States 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 United States Stanley Wright TKO 2 (10) 22/09/1995 United States Lewiston, Maine, United States Wright down in 1st and 2nd, quits fight after complaining of a tooth being knocked out.
Win 11–0 United States Lou Turchiarelli TKO 1 (8) 20/05/1995 United States Convention Center, Atlantic City, New Jersey, United States
Win 10–0 United States Tyrone Dixon TKO 1 (?) 06/12/1994 United States Memphis, Tennessee, United States
Win 9–0 United States Danny Wofford PTS 8 03/12/1994 United States Grundy, Virginia, United States
Win 8–0 United States Steve Edwards DQ 5 (6) 05/11/1994 United States MGM Grand, Las Vegas, Nevada, United States
Win 7–0 United States John Basil Jackson UD 4 01/11/1994 United States Omni New Daisy Theater, Memphis, Tennessee, United States
Win 6–0 United States Carlton Brown KO 1 (?) 22/10/1994 United States Grundy, Virginia, United States
Win 5–0 United States Ed Strickland KO 1 (?) 04/10/1994 United States Memphis, Tennessee, United States
Win 4–0 United States Elvin Evans TKO 6 (?) 23/09/1994 United States Grand Casino, Tunica, Mississippi, United States
Win 3–0 United States Frankie Hines KO 1 (?) 06/09/1994 United States Memphis, Tennessee, United States
Win 2–0 United States Jerome Jones TKO 2 (?) 07/08/1994 United States Grand Casino, Tunica, Mississippi, United States
Win 1–0 United States Ernest English TKO 1 (4) 21/07/1994 United States Hasbrouck Heights, New Jersey, United States Pro debut for Grant.

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