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Grant Fighting Way to Top

January 29, 1999

ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. (AP) _ Some call Michael Grant the future of the heavyweight division. But Grant, who puts his unbeaten record on the line Saturday night, is in no hurry to get to the top.

``A patient spirit is a good spirit. I’m not in a rush,″ said Grand, who will fight Ahmad Abdin. ``I’ve always said I’d like Lennox (Lewis), but whoever’s got the belt, I’ll fight them.″

Grant, a chiseled 6-foot-7-inch native of Chicago fighting out of Norristown, Pa., has won all 28 of his fights since turning pro in 1994.

Last year, he stopped David Izon in five rounds and Obed Sullivan in nine. He was scheduled to fight September, but he couldn’t because he came down with hepatitis.

He weighed in at 250 pounds his fight for the vacant NABF title against Abdin, of Houston, 243.

In the co-feature, Andrew Golota will take on 41-year-old journeyman Jesse Ferguson, a substitute for Jimmy Thunder, who suffered an Achilles tendon injury.

Ferguson, who is 26-17, has won six of his last seven fights, including a 10-round decision over Sullivan last month. Golota, 32-3, weighed in at 238 on Friday, Ferguson at 239.

The fights, in a 3,000-seat ballroom at Convention Hall, will be televised by HBO on its ``Boxing After Dark″ program.

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