'Bunny' Grant passes

November 02, 2018
In this file photo from Wednesday, October 6, 2017, former Jamaica boxing champion George 'Bunny' Grant (right) shows the Honourable Olivia Grange, Minister of Culture, Gender, Entertainment and Sport that he is still the champion. Minister Grange was on a tour of his newly refurbished home on Weymouth Drive.

George 'Bunny' Grant, a former British Commonwealth lightweight boxing champion, has died. Grant died at his home yesterday after suffering a second stroke last week, his son George 'Junior' Grant told STAR Sports.

Grant was one of Jamaica's best boxers in the 1960's, '70s and '80s. He won the Jamaican lightweight title, the Central American light welterweight title, the Latin American junior welterweight title, and the British Commonwealth lightweight title.

He competed for the World Boxing Association (WBA) world welterweight title against Eddie Perkins and also the World Boxing Council light welterweight title.

He fought 72 times with 52 wins, 14 of which came by knockouts.

"He was ill for some time. He had a stroke a few months ago and then he had a stroke again last week and he died today (yesterday)," Junior Grant said. "He also lost his sight in the last couple of months too."

He said that he wants his father to be remembered as a person who loved boxing and gave his all to the sport.

"He really loved the sport. I remember last year we took him to a gym and he was so excited to teach the young boxers," Grant said. "I hope they continue to grow the sport locally, because he would have loved that."

Stephen 'Bomber' Jones, president of the Jamaica Boxing Board, said that Bunny Grant has set the tone for what boxing should be in Jamaica.

"Bunny Grant not only set the tone for boxing locally, but having competed at the highest level for a WBA world title, he set a bar that Jamaican boxers past, present and future have and will continue to aspire to. His passing definitely comes as a blow and our condolences go out to his family," he said.

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