By Dave Spencer / Fightnews Canada
While Hermann Ngoudjo enters the ring this Friday, attempting to win the IBF super-lightweight in his second attempt versus Juan Urango, one familiar figure will be absent from ringside. Ngoudjo’s longtime trainer Howard Grant learnt this morning that the appeal of his three month suspension for his actions at the end of the championship bout between Lucian Bute and Librado Andrade. “They’ve thrown the bad guy out,” Grant told Fightnews. The fiery trainer was guilty of pushing referee Marlon Wright at the conclusion of the highly contested October 24th bout that had Grant’s fighter Andrade scoring a knockdown with just five seconds left in the contest. The original hearing for Grant was heard on December 11th, allowing two full fight cards in which the Montreal trainer fully participated to transpire.
“They officially let me know in the first week of January, Happy New Year!” said Grant who is expected to be out for at least five fights between now and March 31st when the suspension will be lifted. Grant will also not be in the corner of super-lightweight Ali Chebah (28-1) who returns to action Friday.
“I think Hermann is confident enough and smart enough to realize that only one small piece of the puzzle is missing. I’m the flamboyant one there in the corner, I’m the one who lights a fire under his ass, but we’ve had good preparation so we’re ready. It’s going to be a tough fight no matter what; it certainly won’t be a walk in the park.”