QUOTE (The CEO @ May 28 2010, 07:36 AM)
Do it, BG!...become "The Heavyweight Specialist
"...I know you like big girls too...it's perfect!
Keep Beth Chapman out of this!
QUOTE (Big Slim Sweet @ May 28 2010, 11:43 AM)
I have to admit I was on the Grant bandwagon back in the late 90's, and the way he fought back against Golota only solidified that feeling to me. But I don't really know how he could have been more prepared for the fight with LL. Maybe another tune up against a guy who wouldn't have had him trouble in the first round would have helped his confidence. But honestly, the guy was just not good enough to hang with Lewis.
I agree though, at least he came out guns blazing in that first round. He was scared for sure, win or lose he was getting it over with. But he caught Lewis strong in those first few seconds, and that's more than a lot of guys accomplished.
So was I!
BUT....when you think back....there is no shame in that, what was not to like?
Grant was a huge guy, with decent pop and some skills, he displayed heart in getting up in the Golota fight....seemed to be a well rooted legit nice guy....gained some impressive stoppages over decent opposition at the time.
So don't feel like you fell for a gimmick, because I do think the guy had a lot of potential.
However, when they announced the fight with LL....I KNEW the show was over...and had a feeling it would be ugly too.
LL was just way too much for Grant at that point, despite the impressive showings with decent opposition.
Personally had I been handling Grant, I would have put him in with the likes Briggs and Rudduck before Lewis and I think that might have made a big difference. Even Holmes late in his career was still a capable opponent with a great jab, active in 2000....
any of these guys would have better prepared Grant for that night with LL.
And as we all know depending on how bad a first loss is can often set the tone for a boxer....I think had Grant been better prepared, handled himself better and lasted longer and maybe even had his moments on route to a late round stoppage as opposed to what happened....I don't think his career would have taken a turn as it did.
For sure with the whole ankle debacle with McCline, who IMHO owes Grant every dime he ever made based on that BS "win". McCline's entire rise to decent opposition status was based on that one fight...prior to that he was HW Explosion Fodder for Cedric Cushner...and nothing more. AND....if anybody remembers just how bad HWE cards were....that's not saying much.
BUT....those two back to back ugly losses really got inside Grant's head...and he never looked the same. After those two fights he was so mega cautious, that he was going extended rounds with guys we would have taken out in early rounds prior to those fights.
I noticed that Grant has only fought one time in the last two years...and that was a 1 rd KO of Kevin Burnett....which tells me this was a VERY smart pick by the Adamek camp.
Not only did they pick a named guy with size yet questionable mentality...they picked one that has pretty much been on the shelf for awhile.
GREAT pick.....IF...Grant plays the role they are hoping he does and goes with the plan. BUT...any guy that's 6'7 and 250 lbs....regardless of rust can change the script real quick!
I'm very interested in this fight....I wonder if any network is picking it up?