Howard Grant Says No Way He Is
With Adonis & Steward: "I Am Not Interested."
By William Trillo
Just a few hours after the press conference in
Montreal that not only announced that Adonis
Stevenson would be taking on Jesus Gonzalez, but
also introduced Emanuel Steward as Stevenson's
new trainer, Pound4Pound spoke with Stevenson's
former trainer Howard Grant and needless to say,
he was not pleased.
When informed that the media in attendance was
told Howard would be asked to be in Adonis’s
corner with Steward on February 18th, Grant
replied, "Really? Tell him I am not interested!"
It's hard to blame Grant for feeling the way
he does, especially since this is not first time
Stevenson has pulled this act with him.
Grant was guiding the
early portion of “Superman's” career and Adonis had not
a blemish on his record when the Haitian suddenly
decided to leave Grant for "greener pastures" south of
the Canadian border. That ill-advised defection put
Stevenson on a Lou DiBella card against journeyman
Darnell Boone who sported an unimpressive record of
16-15-2 with only a few KO victories to speak of.
Boone KO'd Adonis in 2 rounds. The record speaks for
A year later, tail tucked between his legs, Adonis was
back at Grant's gym and it wasn't long before he was
back on the winning track and inching closer to a title.
Under Grant's guidance Adonis became "Superman" again
and put together 3 big KO wins in a row. Talk of
Stevenson targeting Lucian Bute and his IBF crown could
be heard loud and clear in Montreal. But less than a
month after defeating Aaron Pryor Jr. by KO, (something
no other fighter had been able to do), Stevenson quietly
packed his bags and under the darkness of night took off
for Detroit, the Kronk Gymnasium and the waiting arms of
Emanuel Steward. Again Stevenson was looking for greener
“This is not the first time this guy has done this to
me, I don’t need this sh*t!” Grant said. “You know the
old saying, “Fool me once, shame on you. Fool me twice,
shame on me. Why would I want to work with this guy
In regards to Stevenson telling the media that Grant
would be invited to work in his corner alongside Emanuel
Steward on February 18, Grant scoffed. “What does that
tell you? It says I am an outsider now. That’s what this
has come down to. He is going to invite me? He is
kidding me, right?
"Just who does this guy think he is anyways? Does he
want to be treated like Floyd Mayweather? Manny
Pacquiao? Or how about like Juan Manuel Marquez who has
been loyal to the same trainer since day one? This guy
is not thinking straight if he thinks he belongs in that
kind of company," Grant said. "A friend told me many
years ago, ‘If you do not want a problem, stay away from
Clearly the situation here is Stevenson and the big
change he is making in his corner at this stage of his
I have no idea where Stevenson’s career will go from
here but I can tell you that whether he loses and needs
to regroup or he wins and has a Championship fight
waiting around the bend, the last person you will see
working in his corner is Howard Grant.