The Minister of Culture, Gender, Entertainment and Sport, the Honorable Olivia Grange, has expressed condolences to the family of the late Jamaican former boxer Bunny Grant who passed away today.
Minister Grange said: “”I have just received news of the passing of Bunny Grant, the Jamaican boxing pioneer. Long before Lennox Lewis, before Mike McCallum, before Shrimpy Clarke, there was Bunny Grant.
We will forever remember his victory over Dave Charnley, the Commonwealth Lightweight Champion, at the National Stadium on August 4, 1962 — just two days before Jamaica’s Independence Day. The happy impact of that victory on the entire country is a feeling I can never forget.
Bunny’s passion and humility endeared him to all. We all followed and celebrated with him throughout his 19-year career. Each of his victories was a victory for the Jamaican people.
I am always proud to speak about Bunny Grant; and I was honored as the Minister to ensure that he was able to spend his final days in comfort.
We have lost a great champion.
I offer condolences to his family and friends.”
In October 2017, Minister Grange presented the former Jamaica boxing champion George ‘Bunny’ Grant with the keys to his newly refurbished home. The refurbishing project was undertaken by the Sports Development Foundation as part of the Jamaica 55 celebrations.
“Bunny” Grant, who was Jamaica’s trailblazer in boxing in the 50s, 60s and 70s retired in 1977. According to his son, Junior Grant, “Bunny” Grant, was only released from hospital on Tuesday of this week, after being admitted on October 23 with a second stroke. It is understood that, Grant who lost his sight some five months ago, had previously suffered a first stroke three years ago.
Reacting to Grant’s passing from the AIBA Conference in Moscow, Russia, President of the Jamaica Boxing Board of Control Stephen “Bomber” Jones says the legendary Jamaican pugilist’s name will live forever.
Grant, who fought in several weight divisions in his 19-year career, retired with a ring record of 52 wins, 15 losses and 5 draws from 73 fights.