This Day in Boxing

Lennox Lewis KOs Michael Grant This Day April 29, 2000

 

 

Lennox Lewis KOs Michael Grant This Day April 29, 2000

 

 

  • Lewis 247 lbs
  • Michael Grant 250 lbs
  • KO at 2:53 in round 2 of 12
  • Madison Square Garden, New York, New York, USA
  • Referee: Arthur Mercante Jr.
  • Judge: Melvina Lathan 10-7
  • Judge: Anek Hongtongkam 10-6
  • Judge: Steve Weisfeld 10-6
  • World Boxing Council Heavyweight Title (7th defense by Lewis)
  • International Boxing Federation Heavyweight Title (1st defense by Lewis)

 

Notes

On November 13, 1999, WBC heavyweight champion Lennox Lewis defeated WBA/IBF heavyweight champion Evander Holyfield by a 12-round unanimous decision to become the first Undisputed World Heavyweight Champion since Riddick Bowe in 1992. When Lewis and Holyfield signed to fight, they agreed that the winner’s next bout would be against the WBA’s top contender. However, in February 2000, it was announced that Lewis would fight Michael Grant, the No. 5 contender, on April 29. The WBA agreed to sanction the fight on the condition that the winner agree to fight the top contender within 180 days.

Lewis earned $7.5 million and Grant $2.5 million.

There was a crowd of 17,324.

The fight generated 350,000 pay-per-view buys.

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