Feature | Premium | Apr 29 2019

Michael Grant – When desire is not enough

On the anniversary of his devastating loss to Lennox Lewis, former heavyweight contender Michael Grant discusses his career in detail
Michael Grant
Boxing - Lennox Lewis bt Michael Grant - WBC and IBF World Heavyweight Title - Madison Square Gardens - New York - 29/4/00  |  Action Images/Richard Heathcote

BOXING at the beginning was fourth choice for me. I bet you all hear of guys saying that boxing was in their blood or that they were born to be boxers? Not me. I was in college playing basketball, baseball and [American] football, but because my performance in the classroom was so poor, the college stopped me from participating in those sports until I got my grades up. That was going to be a challenge for me.

I met Richard Steele in Las Vegas. The famous referee. He told me to give boxing a go, and with his support, I was able to spend a lot of time in the various gyms around Vegas. Richard helped me out a lot with money and transport, but I had to give him two hours of my time every single day so I could learn about boxing. I was a big athletic dude with energy to burn, and Richard saw something in me that made him want to invest his time and money. It didn’t stand out as a potential career choice, but it sure beat going back to school.

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