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SEARCHING FOR PEACE

The son of a prostitute and a convicted rapist, Frank Grant somehow defied his past to become a British champion. But his past wouldn’t let him rest, as he explains to Terry Dooley
GLORY DAYS: Grant poses with the Lonsdale Belt in 1993

WE are products of our environment. We can either begin an incremental process of knowing who we are, where we came from, and what that made us into or we can escape and start afresh. Former British middleweight Champion Frank Grant, 22-4 (17), opted for the second option when moving away from his native Bradford 15 years ago.

Grant now lives in a sleepy street in Yorkshire, a quiet man unobtrusively going about his life. After meeting me at the station with his beloved dog, Whit, the 54-year-old drove us to his home. If you search for details of his life after boxing two incidents of assault come up: a domestic common assault conviction in 1996 that he strongly disputes, and a GBH with intent charge in 2001 to which he pleaded guilty and received four years for in 2002.

There was also a minor firearms charge for possession of bullets after the police raided his pub in 1998; he claimed that his former wife had found them, and they had been locked away and forgotten about. Grant wanted to not only address his past, but also draw a line under a family mystery that had haunted him for decades.

The former fighter took a deep breath then began a “cathartic” process. “I want people to know the childhood I had,” he told Boxing News. “I was born in Bradford and my mother was a prostitute. My mother was one of those prostitutes who was put out there by her boyfriend, not my dad. I boxed for personal reasons. I was coming from somewhere darker than everyone else. I boxed and won the British title because my mother was a prostitute and my father was a convicted rapist.

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