Jose Rivera & Michael Grant N.E. Ringside Radio Show guests

06.03.05 – WBA welterweight champion Jose Antonio Rivera and “Big” Michael Grant are this week’s special guests on the New England Ringside Boxing Radio Show, Thursday night (6-8 p.m.) on Boston’s boxing station, WWZN 1510 The Zone. The two-hour New England Ringside Boxing Radio Show – hosted by Ted Bodenrader, Anthony Pepe, Rick Brutti and Joe Bills -- airs every Thursday night between 6-8 pm (ET) on The Zone: Boston’s Boxing Station at 1510 AM and also may be heard live on the Internet by going to

Rivera (37-3-1, 24 KOs) will make his first title defense April 2 against No. 1 rated Thomas “Lionheart” Damgaard (34-0, 26 KOs), of Denmark, in the 12-round co-feature at the DCU Center in Worcester. In addition to being a world champion boxer, Jose is a fulltime court officer in Worcester. He’ll talk about his remarkable life, challenging boxing career, fighting Damgaard, and defending his title belt in his hometown.

The rise and fall of Grant (39-3, 30KOs) will be discussed, as well as his impending comeback. The 6-7 Grant won his first 31 pro fights, 22 by knockout, including victories against David Izon (TKO5), Obed Sullivan (TKO9), Lou Savarese (DEC10) and Andrew Golota (TKO10). Devastating back-to-back losses to heavyweight champion Lennox Lewis (KO2) and Jameel McCline (TKO1) were followed by seven consecutive wins by knockouts in his first comeback. Another loss by TKO in the seventh round by Dominick Guinn in 2003 derailed Michael’s career again. Grant’s last fight was a sixth-round TKO of Charles Hatcher nearly 13 months ago.

New England Ringside also hosts a popular web site, publishes a monthly magazine, and owns Fightography (sells classic boxing pictures). For more information about New England Ringside call 617.835.9137 or go on line to

Article posted on 06.03.2005

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