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    R.I.P. Emille Griffith -- Champion Gay Boxer who Killed Opponent in the Ring

    Three time Welterweight and two time Middleweight Boxing champion Emille Griffith has died. The New York Times put his obituary on its front page this morning. It's an interesting read about a compelling, gay man. http://www.nytimes.com/2013/07/24/sp...pVJa/UK24IIdGw

    Griffith is best known for the third time he won the welterweight title in a televised match from Madison Square Garden. Rumors of his homosexuality were common in the boxing world. The title holder at the time, Cuban boxer and then champion Benny Paret, taunted Griffith about his sexuality at the weigh-in, calling him "maricone," Spanish slang for a homosexual.

    On the night of the fight, in the 12th round, Griffith cornered Paret and delivered a devastating series of punches. Paret went down and was brought to Roosevelt hospital, where he died 10 days later.

    A number of years ago, I saw the documentary mentioned in the article. Griffith had a very sad life after that fight and never quite recovered. He became an alcoholic and, when he was older, suffered a severe beating outside a NYC gay bar that nearly killed him. The injuries he sustained in that beating appeared to be the main cause of his death.

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    Re: R.I.P. Emille Griffith -- Champion Gay Boxer who Killed Opponent in the Ring

    I remember seeing that fight on TV's Friday Night Fights.

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    Re: R.I.P. Emille Griffith -- Champion Gay Boxer who Killed Opponent in the Ring

    Quote Originally Posted by moniker View Post
    I remember seeing that fight on TV's Friday Night Fights.
    I saw clips in the documentary. Brutal. It's not a good idea to taunt a gay boxer.

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    Re: R.I.P. Emille Griffith -- Champion Gay Boxer who Killed Opponent in the Ring

    Thanks for that link. Fascinating. I remember those Friday night fights on TV and how my whole family would gather around to watch. Those fights were brutal and my family(not me) were bloodthirsty too.

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    Re: R.I.P. Emille Griffith -- Champion Gay Boxer who Killed Opponent in the Ring

    in the video,
    American city activities then looks like Chinese city activities today ... interested i thought.



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    Re: R.I.P. Emille Griffith -- Champion Gay Boxer who Killed Opponent in the Ring

    Quote Originally Posted by Telstra View Post
    in the video,
    American city activities then looks like Chinese city activities today ... interested i thought.

    Thanks Telestra. It's a fine documentary, I recommend it. He was a gay sports hero unknown to most people younger than 60.
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    Re: R.I.P. Emille Griffith -- Champion Gay Boxer who Killed Opponent in the Ring

    R.I.P. man who was once so handsome. At least he's admitted to loving men too in his interviews!
    "... You think the only people who are people
    Are the people who look and think like you ..." - Colours of the Wind by Vanessa Williams

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    Wasn't he married, and bisexual, not gay? RIP, nevertheless.

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    Re: R.I.P. Emille Griffith -- Champion Gay Boxer who Killed Opponent in the Ring

    Orlando Cruz, is the only current boxer out of the closet as gay and he said Emile Griffith really inspired him. Very sad that Griffith has now passed he was a very brave man. I read that Griffith didn't hide his sexuality he went to gay bars in NYC and never hid it.

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