Richard Grant (boxer)
Richard "The Alien" Grant (born October 17, 1973 in Kingston, Jamaica) is a former light-heavyweight boxer, and former EBA Light Heavyweight and Super Middleweight champion. He had a career record of 19-15-1, with 5 wins coming by way of knockout.
Although Grant made a name for himself by fighting contenders Jeff Lacy and Antwun Echols, he is best known for the aftermath of his nationally-televised bout on November 23, 2001 at the Roseland Ballroom in Manhattan, New York with James Butler. After winning a unanimous decision over the heavily favored Butler, Grant met Butler in the middle of the ring for an expected exchange of congratulations. Suddenly, Butler hit the unsuspecting Grant with a right hook to the jaw, temporarily knocking it out of its socket. Grant received 26 stitches; he also had some loose teeth and experienced severe headaches; Butler was arrested and charged with aggravated assault and later served time in prison for his actions.
After a nine-month layoff to recover, Grant returned in October 2002 and lost by technical knockout to power-punching Echols.
- Wong, Edward (November 27, 2001). "BOXING; Boxer Barred and Charged For Sucker Punch After Loss". The New York Times. Retrieved September 12, 2011.
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