Name: GRANT, MICHAEL TRAINING HEAD GEAR
History: Michael Anthony Grant (born August 4, 1972) is a professional heavyweight boxer. He is 6' 7" (200.5 cm) tall, with an 86' reach. 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. 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 Lewis put him down with 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. Offered here is training head gear used by Michael Grant early in his career while training in Philadelphia under Don Turner.
Full description: This head gear is white and red leather and well worn. Still has original laces and chin strap. Marked inside twice in sharpie pen MIKE G. Has original tape repair on back. Used to train for numerous early fights. Comes with a letter of authenticity form Craig Hamilton who was Grant's Management Advisor at the time.
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