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Emile Griffith Autographs, Memorabilia & Collectibles

EMILE GRIFFITH
Born: February 3, 1938 in St. Thomas, Virgin Islands
Died: July 23, 2013 in Hempstead, New York
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Emile Alphonse Griffith (1938-2013) was matched against Benny "Kid" Paret for his first welterweight title at Miami Beach on April 1, 1961, and he won with a knockout in the 13th round. When Griffith fought for the world middleweight title on April 25, 1966, against Dick Tiger, he won a 15-round decision, becoming the third fighter to hold both the welterweight and middleweight championships. Griffith used foot and hand speed to throw a lot of short, quick punches and combinations, but he often seemed to lose his concentration and focus, even during important fights. Ironically, Griffith was often accused of lacking the "killer instinct". He won 85 professional fights, 23 by knockout, and lost 25, two by knockout. Griffith's record also includes two draws and one no-contest.   
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