Former World Boxing Champ Otis Grant Is An Inspiration
Vanier grad Otis Grant had it all. As WBO Middlewight Champion of the World, he was virtually unchallenged in his weight class. Then, in 1998, a horrific car accident in which he suffered a punctured lung,
smashed ribs and spent a week in a coma seemed to spell the end of an incredibly promising career. Grant decided to make a comeback in 2003 and many of his last fights resulted in victories but he officially announced his retirement in December 2006.
Otis also gave a memorable speech as guest speaker at Vanier’s 1998 Graduation ceremonies.
The photo on the right shows him working with students from Lindsay Place High School. He established a foundation called Otis Grant and Friends that helps needy families in the Greater Montreal area.
- Jack Todd’s Top 10 Sports Heroes January 2007
- Read Jack Todd’s story on Otis’ retirement from December 2006
- Read a Montreal Gazette story from April 2006
- Read an inspirational story from October 2005 from The Hour
- October 2005: Otis crowned as the WBC Super Middleweight Champion
- Grant Retains Title With Masterly Chess Match June 2005
- Read about Otis Grant’s victory over Nader Hamdan from March 2005
- Boxer Otis Grant continues comeback with points win over Porras December 2004
- Grant Wins Easy Unanimous Decision November 2003
- Interview with Otis Grant just before his November 22nd return fight
- 1998 Profile on Otis from the Montreal Mirror
- Otis serves as guest speaker at the 1998 Vanier College Graduation Ceremonies