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BOXING CHAMPION OTIS GRANT TO VISIT HIS FORMER HIGH SCHOOL LAURENHILL

MONTREAL, MARCH 15, 2005Ė World Boxing Council International super-middleweight champion Otis "Magic" Grant will visit his old high school, LaurenHill (2505 Cote Vertu) in St. Laurent on Tuesday, March 22 at 11:45 a.m. to talk to students about his career and reconnect with some of his former teachers.

Grant (36-2-1) and his brother/manager Howard were active in a number of sports when they attended the school, then known as Sir Winston Churchill. On March 12, Grant successfully defended his title against Nader Hamdan of Australia. He will box next on June 18, possibly against American Scott Pemberton.

Seven years ago Grantís boxing career was halted indefinitely when he was seriously injured in a car wreck, remaining in a coma for seven days. After a five year layoff he made one of the biggest comebacks in Montreal sports history. "I had my daughter and another boxer named Hercules Kyvelos in the car," he says. "It was either take the impact head on and risk everyone being hurt or you take the impact on my side and save my daughter and my friend. I swerved the car and took the impact on my side. My left side was injured primarily my shoulder, all my ribs broken on the left side and I had a punctured lung on the left side. Those were the worse injuries. Its something that was a spur of the moment decision, if I ever had to do it again to save my child Iíll do it in a heartbeat."



Michael J. Cohen
Communications and Marketing Specialist
English Montreal School Board
Tel: (514) 483-7200 ext. 7243
Fax: (514) 483-7213
E-mail: mcohen@emsb.qc.ca