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Emile Griffith

American boxer

Died when: 75 years 170 days (905 months)
Star Sign: Aquarius

 

Emile Griffith

Emile Alphonse Griffith (February 3, 1938 – July 23, 2013) was a professional boxer from the U.S.Virgin Islands who became a World Champion in the welterweight, junior middleweight and middleweight classes.

His best known contest was a 1962 title match with Benny Paret.At the weigh in, Paret infuriated Griffith, a bisexual man, by touching his buttocks and making a homophobic slur.

Griffith won the bout by knockout;Paret never recovered consciousness and died in the hospital 10 days later.In 1963 and 1964, Griffith was voted Fighter of the Year by The Ring magazine and the Boxing Writers Association of America.

In 2002, he was listed #33 on Ring Magazine's list of 80 greatest fighters of the past 80 years.Griffith currently ranks #127 in BoxRec's ranking of the greatest pound for pound boxers of all time.

He was inducted into the International Boxing Hall of Fame in the inaugural class of 1990.


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