Otis "Magic" Grant visited his old high school




World Boxing Council International super-middleweight champion Otis "Magic" Grant visited his old high school, LaurenHill in St. Laurent on March 22, talking to a packed auditorium of students, staff and media about his career. He also reconnected with some of his former teachers, including current vice-principal Harry Weiner who showed a slide show containing some candid shots of Grant on campus.

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 in June 18, possibly against American Scott Pemberton.

Seven years ago Grant's 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. LaurenHill Principal Dan Sipos, who gave Grant his first job in the public school system a decade ago at the former Argyle Academy, presented him with a special EMSB super-middleweight championship belt. Grant displayed his real WBC belt to an adoring audience, passing it down each row so they could get a close look at it.