Former champ Montell Griffin heads up to cruiserweight for spring return

Phil Jay 04/02/2013

Montell Griffin, the first fighter to put a blemish on the perfect record of an invincable Roy Jones Jr. in the 1990’s, is making a comeback to the ring at cruiserweight following eighteen months out.

The 42 year-old, who will fight for 60th time professionally the next time he climbs between the ropes, came through his last outing in August 2011 against DeAndrey Abron and now heading up to 200lbs to continue his career.

Griffin has recently signed to the Brawlers Management banner, joining Ty Brunson and a host of other prospects and according to CEO Rick Mohamed, the former world champion will fight in April or May and has been in regular training in preparation.

“Montell has been running three miles a day and sparring. He wants to continue his legacy,” Mohamed confirmed.

‘Ice’ last tasted defeat when attempting to end the now WBA light-heavyweight champion Beibut Shumenov’s unbeaten run as it stood at 5-0 in 2008 and still believes he has the tools to make a dent against the top fighters in the higher division.

“I would like to say hello to all my friends who have been faithful followers throughout my career,” Griffin told World Boxing News.

“I have agreed to sign with long time friend and publicist Rick Mohamed and his management company Brawlers. I’ve known him since I was seven years old and I trust him like a brother. We have also had a great working experience together and I personally wouldn’t want it any other way.

“Rick has always been thorough and able to open doors that no else could, for this is called persistence and who could go wrong with a guy like Rick managing you.

“I have now informed Brawlers that I am prepared to have my comeback fight in the cruiserweight division as soon as late April or early May,” he concluded.

Mohamed’s company celebrated a shock win for Cornelius Whitlock over amateur standout Shakor Jackson in their latest fight and can now boast a former world title holder in their ranks after the signing of Griffin.