Titles: Featherweight champion 1890-1893 Record: 69-12-43 with 48 No Decisions Born: April 15, 1869 in Sofala, Australia Years active: 1986-1911 Nickname: None How good was Griffo? His first loss came in his 168th and it was said to be a bad decision! Griffo has been compared favorably with Pep and Saddler for his ring skills the difference being that Griffo reportedly rarely trained. Griffo began life on board of a freighter on it's way from England to Sydney. As a newspaper boy he began to box after successful street fights. Griffo was happy go luck man who used boxing to ensure he was able to buy himself as much drink as he wanted. He was recognized as the featherweight world champion when he defeated Torpedo Billy Murphy and must be considered a all time great for his abilities. Griffo was a featherweight but in those times he was allowed to take on all comers, which he did with zeal. Early accounts of his career have Griffo fighting a young black boxer Called Pluto and they drew in two contests with the longest going 70 rounds! National recognition came when Griffo weighing 112 pounds won a tourney for 140 pound boxers, that was followed by a Australian title wining effort against Niper Peakes. Now he challenged the best of Australia the most notable of which was a win over Billy Murphy for a version of the world title in a 15th round knockout. After one title defense Griffo set sail for America in search of bigger money and more recognition. He earned immediate recognition in fights that were declared draws against very the good Solly Smith, George Lavigne and Johnny Herst. It is accepted that he did get the better of each of those opponents however. Fights with Joe Gans, George Dixon and Jack McCauliffe would soon follow. By 1900 his drinking was catching up with him rather than the fights he was in since he did not get hit very much in his bouts. Hugh Bean knocked him out when he traveled to New York and Joe Gans repeated that later in the year. In retirement the wise cracking who earned more than $100,000 from boxing spent it all on drink and women. In his last years he was seen pan handling in Times Square and lived in a basement room in New York City. After his death it is said legendary promoter Tex Richard paid for his funeral. Griffo was also famous for boasting that he could stand on a handkerchief and not be hit......and he would then prove it.