Bunny Grant deserves a monument

Tuesday, November 20, 2018

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Dear Editor,

George Leslie “Bunny” Grant, former Jamaican lightweight, Commonwealth lightweight, Latin American and junior welterweight boxing champion, has left us at the age of 78.

Being the Jamaican boxing icon of the 1950s, 60s, and 70s, Bunny became known to the world.

And he, like many others, had put Jamaica on the map.

I had him in my book as one of the most intelligent, one of the most skilful, and one of the most determined boxers from Jamaican soil.

However, my main concern in this letter is not only to bid him farewell, but also a request for a statue to be made in his honour and remembrance of the late, great Bunny Grant. He truly deserves such a monument. As a matter of fact, it should have been done long ago before he died. What a pity!

So I am therefore asking Minister of Sports Olivia Grange to look into the matter for it to be done.

Jamaica has been certainly blessed with some good and promising boxers, some of whom are Michael “The Body Snatcher” McCallum, Trevor Berbick, Simon Brown, Donavon “Razor” Ruddock, Lloyd Honeyghan, Michael Dewar, Errol West, Richard “Shrimpy” Clarke, Roy Goss, Percy Hayles, and more.

Will I be successful in seeing some of Bunny's fights on YouTube? I sincerely hope so. I will check it out. Let's go and see some of his best fights on the Internet.

And, as the great and charming Jamaican journalist Fae Ellington once said with her lovely voice: “Walk good, Miss Lou,” I say the same, too: Walk good, Bunny. You fought well for Jamaica. We thank you.

Donald J McKoy


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