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Emile Griffith

Titles: Welterweight champion 1961, 1962-1963, 1963-1966, middleweight
           champion 1966-1967, 1967-1968

Record: 85-24-2

Born: February 3, 1938 in St. Thomas, Virgin Islands 

Years active: 1958-1977

Nickname: None


One of the all-time greats in boxing, a good champion in two divisions 
Griffith held the welterweight title twice and the middleweight title 
three times. While Griffith didn't posses great power, he was a excellent 
defensive boxer and his career seemed to go on forever. Emile was 19 when 
his parents left the Virgin Islands to live in New York City, there his 
boss noticing his good build and strong shoulders suggested he should try 
boxing. Griffith was sent to Gil Glancy who tutored him to wins in the 
New York City Golden Gloves in only his first year as a boxer. At 20 
Griffith turned pro and made a quick reputation for himself boxing at the 
local clubs. Griffith was lucky to be coming up in a era where was first 
beginning to influence mass markets and Emile gained great exposure on 
television. To earn his first shot at the title he defeated excellent 
fighters like Gaspar Ortega, Denny Moyer, Florentio Fernandez and a slew
of other contenders, many of which were featured on television. Only the 
vastly experienced Deny Moyer was able to defeat the young contender in 
his first trip to fight outside of New York City. The title shot came 
against Benny "Kid" Paret in Miami and resulted in a 13th round knock out
victory for Griffith. Going into the 13th Griffith was behind on points 
when he landed the one punch knockout with his left hook. Griffith had 
pulled one out of the hat as he was not known as a big puncher. Five months 
later in a rematch with Paret it is said that Griffith was robbed and
Paret walked away with a decision win. The New York City papers all 
supported Griffith and thought he should have retained the title easily. 
Of course a third fight was immediately set up. In the pre fight build up 
Griffith became extremely angry when Paret accused him of being homosexual 
during meetings with the press. As most people know the third bout ended 
in tragedy. Griffith pummeled a helpless Paret who was being held up by the 
ropes into unconsciousness and ultimately Paret would die 10 days later
after slipping into a coma. Emile was never as aggressive a fighter as he 
had been before the death of Paret and this hurt him in future fights.
Griffith was inconsolable after the fight and said he would quit the ring 
if only he had another source of income to turn to. Griffin put everything 
behind him and traveled to Austria and won the European recognition as the 
light heavyweight title by beating Ted Wright. When he returned to the USA 
he engaged in a 3 match series with Luis Rodriguez in which he won 2 of 
the fights and the title changed hands twice. In the first meeting he lost 
the title to Rodriguez in a very close fight that usually goes to the 
champion. In fact all 2 fights were razor thin decision and all went the
distance and ended in split decisions. Then a shock knockout at the hands 
of Rubin Carter almost ended the career of Griffith as he sunk into a 
depression after the loss. He was coaxed back and fought for the title 
again and won. In 1966 he defeated the rugged Dick Tiger in a exciting 
fight. It seems that Griffith would always have to battle as his fights 
almost always went the distance and were always very close. Yet another 3 
bout series would see Griffith loose 2 out of 3 this time to the great 
Nino Benvenuti. The title changed hands all 3 times in that 3 bout series. 
A move down in weight to fight Jose Napoles left him too weak from draining 
himself and Napoles won a easy decision. His best days were now behind him 
but yet he fought on for another 9 years and always seemed to be in title 
contention. He traveled to Argentina to fight Carlos Monzon but was stopped
in the 14th round and ultimately lost to him again in Monte Carlo but this 
gave him a much harder fight. Griffith lost 10 of his last 20 fights 
including one last title fight for the WBC jr. middleweight title against 
Eckhard Dagge in Berlin. In his last fight he was stopped by Alan Minter. 
In 1992 he was brutally mugged and left hospitalized for two months. Since 
then he has trained fighters on a part time basis and is a popular man who 
is in some demand for boxing related functions. It is said he still slips 
into periods of depression and drinking over the death of his mother and
ultimately Benny Paret. 


Emile Griffith

Career record: 85 W, 24 L, 2 D, 1 NC (23 K.O's)

     1958

     2 Jun     Joe Parham          New York, NY        W 4
     23 Jun    Bobby Gibson        New York, NY        W 4
     21 Jul    Martin Leaks        New York, NY        W 4
     6 Oct     Art Cunningham      New York, NY        W 6
     17 Nov    Sergio Rios         New York, NY        KO 3
     15 Dec    Larry Jones         New York, NY        KO 5

     1959

     26 Jan    Gaylord Barnes      New York, NY        KO 5
     9 Feb     Willie Johnson      New York, NY        KO 5
     23 Feb    Barry Allison       New York, NY        KO 5
     23 Mar    Bobby Shell         New York, NY        W 10
     27 Apr    Mel Barker          New York, NY        W 10
     25 May    Willie Stevenson    New York, NY        W 10
     7 Aug     Kid Fichique        New York, NY        W 10
     26 Oct    Randy Sandy         New York, NY        L 10
     23 Nov    Ray Lancaster       New York, NY        KO 7

     1960

     8 Jan     Roberto Pena        New York, NY        W 10
     12 Feb    Gaspar Ortega       New York, NY        W 10
     11 Mar    Denny Moyer         New York, NY        W 10
     26 Apr    Denny Moyer         Portland, OR        L 10
     3 Jun     Jorge Fernandez     New York, NY        W 10
     25 Jul    Jorge Fernandez     New York, NY        W 10
     25 Aug    Florentin Fernandez New York, NY        W 10
     22 Oct    Willie Toweel       New York, NY        KO 8
     17 Dec    Luis Rodriguez      New York, NY        W 10

     1961

     1 Apr     Benny Paret         Miami Beach, FL     KO 13
               (Won World Welterweight Championship)
     3 Jun     Gaspar Ortega       Los Angeles, CA     KO 12
               (Retained World Welterweight Championship)
     29 Jul    Yama Bahama         New York, NY        W 10
     30 Sep    Benny Paret         New York, NY        L 15
               (Lost World Welterweight Championship)
     4 Nov     Stanford Bulla      Hamilton, NY        KO 4
     23 Dec    Isaac Logart        New York, NY        W 10

     1962

     3 Feb     Johnny Torres       St. Thomas, VI      W 10
     24 Mar    Benny Paret         New York, NY        KO 12
               (Won World Welterweight Championship)
     13 Jul    Ralph Dupas         Las Vegas, NV       W 15
               (Retained World Welterweight Championship)
     18 Aug    Denny Moyer         Tacome, WA          W 10
     6 Oct     Don Fullmer         New York, NY        W 10
     17 Oct    Teddy Wright        Vienna, Austria     W 15
     8 Dec     Jorge Fernandez     Las Vegas, NV       KO9
               (Retained World Welterweight Championship)

     1963

     3 Feb     Christian Christensen Copenhagen        KO 9
                 (retains junior middleweight title)
     21 Mar    Luis Rodriguez      Los Angeles, CA     L 15
               (Lost World Welterweight Championship)
     8 Jun     Luis Rodriguez      New York, NY        W 15
               (Won World Welterweight Championship)
     10 Aug    Holly Mims          Sarasota Springs,NY W 10
     5 Oct     Jose Gonzalez       San Juan            W 10
     20 Dec    Ruben Carter        Pittsburgh, PA      KOby1 

     1964

     10 Feb    Ralph Dupas         Sydney, Australia   KO 3
     11 Mar    Juan Duran          Rome                NC 7
     14 Apr    Stan Harrington     Honolulu            KO 4
     12 Jun    Luis Rodriguez      Las Vegas, NV       W 15
               (Retained World Welterweight Championship)
     22 Sep    Brian Curvis        London              W 15
               (Retained World Welterweight Championship)
     1 Dec     Dave Charnley       Wembley, England    KO 9

     1965

     21 Jan    Manuel Gonzalez     Houston, TX         L 10
     30 Mar    Jose Stable         New York, NY        W 15
               (Retained World Welterweight Championship)
     14 Jun    Eddie Pace          Honolulu            W 10
     20 Aug    Don Fullmer         Salt Lake City      L 10
     14 Sep    Gabe Terronez       Fresno, CA          KO 4
     4 Oct     Harry Scott         Kensington, England KO 7
     10 Dec    Manuel Gonzalez     New York, NY        W 15
               (Retained World Welterweight Championship)

     1966

     3 Feb     Johnny Brooks       Las Vegas, NV       W 10
     25 Apr    Dick Tiger          New York, NY        W 10
               (Won World Middleweight Championship)
     13 Jul    Joey Archer         New York, NY        W15
               (Retained World Middleweight Championship)
     
     1967

     23 Jan    Joey Archer         New York, NY        W 15
               (Retained World Middleweight Championship)
     17 Apr    Nino Benvenuti      New York, NY        L 15
               (Lost World Middleweight Championship)
     19 Sep    Nino Benvenuti      Flushing, NY        W 15
               (Won World Middleweight Championship)
     15 Dec    Remo Golfarini      Rome                KO 6

     1968

     4 Mar     Nino Benvenuti      New York, NY        L 15
               (Lost World Middleweight Championship)
     11 Jun    Andy Heilman        Oakland, CA         W 12
     6 Aug     Joe Harris          Philadelphia, PA    W 12
     29 Oct    Stan Hayward        Philadelphia, PA    L 10

     1969

     3 Feb     Andy Heilman        New York, NY        W 10
     12 May    Stan Hayward        New York, NY        W 12
     11 Jul    Dick DiVeronica     Syracuse, NY        KO 7
     15 Aug    Art Hernandez       Sioux Falls, SD     W 10
     18 Oct    Jose Napoles        Inglewood, CA       L 15
              (For World Welterweight Championship)

     1970

     28 Jan    Doyle Baird         Cleveland, OH       W 10
     11 Mar    Carlos Marks        New York, NY        W 12
     4 Jun     Tom Bogs            Copenhagen          W 10
     15 Jul    Dick Tiger          New York, NY        W 10
     17 Oct    Danny Perez         St. Thomas, VI      W 10
     10 Nov    Nate Collins        San Francisco, CA   W 10

     1971

     23 Mar    Rafael Gutierrez    San Francisco, CA   W 10
     10 Apr    Juan Ramos          St. Thomas, VI      KO 2
     3 May     Ernie Lopez         Las Vegas, NV       W 10
     26 Jul    Nessim Cohen        New York, NY        W 10
     25 Sep    Carlos Monzon       Buenos Aires        KO by 14
               (For World Middleweight Championship)
     10 Dec    Danny McAloon       New York, NY        W 10

     1972

     31 Jan    Armando Muniz       Anaheim, CA         W 10
     21 Feb    Jacques Kechichian  Paris               W 10
     30 Mar    Ernie Lopez         Los Angeles, CA     W 10
     16 Sep    Joe DeNucci         Boston              W 10
     11 Oct    Joe DeNucci         Boston              W 12
     18 Dec    Jean Bouttier       Paris               L D.Q 7

     1973

     12 Mar    Max Cohen           Paris               D 10
     2 Jun     Carlos Monzon       Monte Carlo, Monoco L 15
               (For World Middleweight Championship)
     2 Nov     Manny Gonzalez      Tampa, FL           W 10
     19 Nov    Tony Mundine        Paris               L 10

     1974

     5 Feb     Tony Licata         Boston              L 12
               (For NABF Middleweight Championship)
     25 May    Renato Garcia       Monte Carlo, Monoco W 10
     9 Oct     Bennie Briscoe      Philadelphia, PA    W 10
     22 Nov    Vito Antuofermo     New York, NY        L 10
     10 Dec    Donato Paduano      Montreal            W 10

     1975

     31 May    Jose Duran          Cali, Columbia      L 10
     23 Jul    Leo Saenz           Landover, MD        W 10
     9 Aug     Elijah Makhatini    Johannesburg        L 10
     7 Nov     Jose Chirino        Albany              W 10

     1976

     9 Feb     Loucif Hamani       Paris               L 10
     26 Jun    Bennie Briscoe      Monte Carlo, Monoco D 10
     18 Sep    Eckhard Dagge       Berlin              L 15
     B>          (For WBC Junior Middleweight Championship)
     24 Oct    Dino Del Cid        Cartegena, Columbia KO 4
     4 Dec     Frank Reiche        Hamburg, Germany    KO 10

     1977

     2 Feb     Christy Elliott     New York, NY        W 10
     15 Apr    Joel Bonnetaz       Periqueux, France   L 10
     19 Jul    Mayfield Pennington Louisville, KY      L 10
     30 Jul    Alan Minter         Monte Carlo, Monoco L 10