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A Boxing Icon Passes: Former Welterweight and Middleweight Champ Emile Griffith is Dead

by on Jul.26, 2013, under Boxing News, Obituaries

By Juan C. Ayllon

 

Emile Griffith at his peak (photo courtesy of boxrec.com)

Emile Griffith at his peak (photo courtesy of boxrec.com)

It is a sad day when yet another vestige of a glorious bygone era passes. So many have gone in recent days. Our Editor-in-Chief, Stephen Gordon, says it best: “I can’t convey how much this saddens me. Another piece of my youth dissipates into the ether.  Emile, Jofre, Luis Rodriguez, Dick Tiger, Davey Moore, Carlos Ortiz, Jose Becerra and, of course, Cassius Clay — where are the god–like heroes of my long gone youth? We are losing them one by one, and with each passing, a piece of myself goes also.”

Born Emile Alphonse Griffith in the Virgin Islands on February 3, 1938, he resided in New York City for years and passed away on July 23, 2013. In between, he reached the pinnacle of Sport and fame, yet he also suffered a troubled personal life. (continue reading…)

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Emile Griffith, Noted Ex-Welterweight and Middleweight Champion, Dies at 75

by on Jul.26, 2013, under Boxing News, Obituaries

By Kevin Iole

 

 Emile Griffith (R) lands a right to Jose Napoles during a 1969 title fight in Los Angeles (AP file photo)


Emile Griffith (R) lands a right to Jose Napoles during a 1969 title fight in Los Angeles (AP file photo)

Emile Griffith was one of the toughest guys in one of the toughest sports on Earth, a kind man who wasn’t so kind in the ring. He was one of the best fighters in an era loaded with elite fighters and, despite his induction into the International Boxing Hall of Fame in 1990, was never given the credit he was due. (continue reading…)

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Book Review: NINE…TEN AND OUT! THE TWO WORLDS OF EMILE GRIFFITH by Ron Ross

by on Apr.13, 2010, under Guest Columnists, Reviews

By Jeff Hawkins

Several years back, there were minor rumblings as to the ethnicity of NBA basketball star Jason Kidd. Was he black or was white?

Kidd, who is African American, but is very fair skinned, initially refused to dignify the question.  In essence, he was saying: “What difference does it make? Will ‘you’ like me or appreciate my skills any differently if you know one way or another?” (continue reading…)

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