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Emile Griffith Record

Total Fights112
Title Wins15
Title Defenses10
Title-Fight KOs5
KO Wins22
KO Losses2
Emile Griffith Record & Stats
Emile Griffith's Record
Emile Griffith's boxing record and career infographic

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      What is Emile Griffith's boxing record?

      In a professional boxing career spanning 19 years and one month, Emile Griffith fought 112 times with 85 wins, 24 losses, and 2 draws.

      Griffith retired from professional boxing with a record of 85-24-2, which included two world-championship elevations, 15 world-title wins, and 10 successful title defense fights at two weight classes — welterweight and middleweight. He had a 19.8% knockouts-to-fights ratio with 22 of his total 112 fights being knockout wins, five of which were in title fights. Griffith suffered two knockout losses in his career, one of which was against Carlos Monzón in a middleweight title fight.

      His last fight was a 10 round PTS defeat to Alan Minter on July 30, 1977.

      Some of Griffith's best fights and notable victories include wins over three Hall-of-Famers (Dick Tiger, Nino Benvenuti, and Luis Manuel Rodríguez), Benny Paret and Denny Moyer.

      112Jul 30, 197739Alan MinterLossPTS
      111Jul 16, 197739Mayfield PenningtonLossSD
      110Apr 15, 197739Joel BonnetazLossPTS
      109Feb 2, 197738Christy ElliottWinMD
      108Dec 4, 197638Frank ReicheWinTKO10
      107Oct 24, 197638Dino Del CidWinTKO4
      106Sep 18, 197638Eckhard DaggeLoss *MD
      105Jun 26, 197638Bennie BriscoeDrawPTS
      104Feb 9, 197638Loucif HamaniLossPTS
      103Nov 7, 197537Jose Roberto ChirinoWinUD
      102Aug 9, 197537Elijah MakathiniLossPTS
      101Jul 23, 197537Leo SaenzWinUD
      100May 31, 197537Jose Luis DuranLossUD
      99Dec 10, 197436Donato PaduanoWinUD
      98Nov 22, 197436Vito AntuofermoLossUD
      97Oct 9, 197436Bennie BriscoeWinMD
      96May 25, 197436Renato GarciaWinPTS
      95Feb 5, 197436Tony LicataLossUD
      94Nov 19, 197335Tony MundineLossUD
      93Nov 1, 197335Manuel GonzálezWinMD
      92Jun 2, 197335Carlos MonzónLoss *UD
      91Mar 12, 197335Nessim Max CohenDrawPTS
      90Dec 18, 197234Jean-Claude BouttierLossDQ
      89Oct 11, 197234Joe DeNucciWinSD
      88Sep 16, 197234Joe DeNucciWinSD
      87Mar 30, 197234Ernie LopezWinUD
      86Feb 21, 197234Jacques KechichianWinPTS
      85Jan 31, 197233Armando MuñízWinUD
      84Dec 10, 197133Danny McAloonWinUD
      83Sep 25, 197133Carlos MonzónLoss *TKO14
      82Jul 26, 197133Nessim Max CohenWinUD
      81May 3, 197133Ernie LopezWinMD
      80Mar 23, 197133Rafael GutierrezWinUD
      79Mar 5, 197133Juan RamosWinTKO7
      78Nov 10, 197032Nate CollinsWinUD
      77Oct 17, 197032Danny PerezWinUD
      76Jul 15, 197032Dick TigerWinUD
      75Jun 4, 197032Tom BogsWinPTS
      74Mar 11, 197032Carlos MarksWinUD
      73Jan 28, 197031Doyle BairdWinUD
      72Oct 17, 196931José NápolesLoss *UD
      71Aug 15, 196931Art HernandezWinSD
      70Jul 11, 196931Dick DiVeronicaWinTKO7
      69May 12, 196931Stanley HaywardWinUD
      68Feb 3, 196931Andy HeilmanWinUD
      67Oct 29, 196830Stanley HaywardLossSD
      66Aug 6, 196830Gypsy Joe HarrisWinUD
      65Jun 11, 196830Andy HeilmanWinMD
      64Mar 4, 196830Nino BenvenutiLoss *UD
      63Dec 15, 196729Remo GolfariniWinTKO6
      62Sep 29, 196729Nino BenvenutiWin *MD
      61Apr 17, 196729Nino BenvenutiLoss *UD
      60Jan 23, 196728Joey ArcherWin *UD
      59Jul 13, 196628Joey ArcherWin *MD
      58Apr 25, 196628Dick TigerWin *UD
      57Feb 3, 196628Johnny BrooksWinUD
      56Dec 10, 196527Manuel GonzálezWin *UD
      55Oct 4, 196527Harry ScottWinRTD7
      54Sep 14, 196527Gabe TerronezWinTKO4
      53Aug 19, 196527Don FullmerLossUD
      52Jun 14, 196527Eddie PaceWinUD
      51Mar 30, 196527Jose StableWin *UD
      50Jan 26, 196526Manuel GonzálezLossSD
      49Dec 1, 196426Dave CharnleyWin *TKO9
      48Sep 22, 196426Brian CurvisWin *UD
      47Jun 12, 196426Luis Manuel RodríguezWin *SD
      46Apr 14, 196426Stan HarringtonWinKO4
      45Mar 11, 196426Juan Carlo DuranNCNC
      44Feb 10, 196426Ralph DupasWinKO3
      43Dec 20, 196325Rubin CarterLossTKO1
      42Oct 5, 196325Jose Monon GonzalezWinMD
      41Aug 10, 196325Holly MimsWinUD
      40Jun 8, 196325Luis Manuel RodríguezWin *SD
      39Mar 21, 196325Luis Manuel RodríguezLoss *UD
      38Feb 3, 196325Christian ChristensenWinTKO9
      37Dec 8, 196224Jorge FernandezWin *TKO9
      36Oct 17, 196224Ted WrightWinPTS
      35Oct 6, 196224Don FullmerWinUD
      34Aug 18, 196224Denny MoyerWinSD
      33Jul 13, 196224Ralph DupasWin *UD
      32Mar 24, 196224Benny ParetWin *TKO12
      31Feb 3, 196224Johnny TorresWinUD
      30Dec 23, 196123Isaac LogartWinMD
      29Nov 4, 196123Stanford BullaWinKO4
      28Sep 30, 196123Benny ParetLoss *SD
      27Jul 29, 196123Yama BahamaWinUD
      26Jun 3, 196123Gaspar OrtegaWin *TKO12
      25Apr 1, 196123Benny ParetWin *KO13
      24Dec 17, 196022Luis Manuel RodríguezWinSD
      23Oct 22, 196022Willie ToweelWinTKO8
      22Aug 25, 196022Florentino FernándezWinUD
      21Jul 25, 196022Jorge FernandezWinUD
      20Jun 3, 196022Jorge FernandezWinSD
      19Apr 26, 196022Denny MoyerLossSD
      18Mar 11, 196022Denny MoyerWinSD
      17Feb 12, 196022Gaspar OrtegaWinSD
      16Jan 8, 196021Roberto PeñaWinUD
      15Jan 8, 196021Ray LancasterWinUD
      14Oct 26, 195921Randy SandyLossSD
      13Aug 7, 195921Kid FichiqueWinUD
      12May 25, 195921Willie StevensonWinUD
      11Apr 27, 195921Mel BarkerWinUD
      10Mar 23, 195921Bobby ShellWinUD
      9Feb 23, 195921Barry AllisonWinTKO5
      8Feb 9, 195921Willie Joe JohnsonWinTKO5
      7Jan 26, 195920Gaylord BarnesWinTKO5
      6Dec 15, 195820Larry JonesWinKO5
      5Nov 17, 195820Sergio RiosWinKO3
      4Oct 6, 195820Artie CunninghamWinPTS
      3Jul 21, 195820Tommy LeaksWinPTS
      2Jun 23, 195820Bruce GibsonWinPTS
      1Jun 2, 195820Joe ParhamWinPTS

      * World-title fight

      Boxing career

      Emile Griffith was an American professional boxer. He was born in Saint Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands on February 3, 1938. He was a two-weight-class world champion. He died on July 23, 2013 at the age of 75 years. Griffith was inducted into the International Boxing Hall of Fame (IBHOF) in 1990. His professional boxing career spanned more than 19 years — from 1958 to 1977.

      Griffith made his professional boxing debut against Joe Parham at the age of 20 on June 2, 1958, defeating Parham via 4 round PTS. He went on to win 12 more consecutive fights after the debut, which included 5 wins via stoppage.

      He had his first world title fight at the age of 23 on April 1, 1961 after 24 professional fights, against Benny Paret for the welterweight NBA, NYSAC, and The Ring titles. He defeated Paret via 13th round KO to become the welterweight champion of the world.

      Emile Griffith was a three-time undisputed world champion — at middleweight (2x) and welterweight, and won 11 world titles at two weight classes. He was elevated as world champion twice. For all the details about Griffith's world title wins and defenses refer to the "Championships" section below.

      Griffith had a total of 24 losses in his professional boxing career.

      His last professional fight was a non-title bout against British boxer Alan Minter at 39 years of age, on July 30, 1977. Griffith lost the fight via 10 round PTS.


      Griffith had a total of 23 world-title fights, which includes winning 15 world titles and 10 successful title defenses. He won 15 of these fights and lost eight.

      Title Wins

      Emile Griffith fought for world titles in nine fights and won five of these fights, two of these victories coming via way of stoppage. In total, he won 11 belts across two weight classes. He was elevated as world champion twice, by WBA and WBC.

      DateOpponentDivisionTitles WonMethod
      Sep 29, 1967+Nino BenvenutiMiddleweightWBA, WBC, The RingMD
      Apr 25, 1966+Dick TigerMiddleweightWBA, WBC, The RingUD
      Jun 8, 1963+Luis Manuel RodríguezWelterweightWBA, WBC, The RingSD
      Mar 24, 1962Benny ParetWelterweightNBA, NYSAC, The RingTKO
      Apr 1, 1961Benny ParetWelterweightNBA, NYSAC, The RingKO
      + Became undisputed world champion

      Title Defenses

      Emile Griffith had 14 world-title defense fights across two weight classes — welterweight (x10) and middleweight (x4). He won 10 of them and lost four times.

      Following is the table of his successful title defense fights, the next section has the fights where he lost his titles.

      DateOpponentDivisionTitles DefendedMethod
      Jan 23, 1967Joey ArcherMiddleweightWBA, WBC, The RingUD
      Jul 13, 1966Joey ArcherMiddleweightWBA, WBC, The RingMD
      Dec 10, 1965Manuel GonzálezWelterweightWBA, WBC, The RingUD
      Mar 30, 1965Jose StableWelterweightWBA, WBC, The RingUD
      Dec 1, 1964Dave CharnleyWelterweightWBA, WBC, The RingTKO
      Sep 22, 1964Brian CurvisWelterweightWBA, WBC, The RingUD
      Jun 12, 1964Luis Manuel RodríguezWelterweightWBA, WBC, The RingSD
      Dec 8, 1962Jorge FernandezWelterweightWBA, WBC, The RingTKO
      Jul 13, 1962Ralph DupasWelterweightNBA, NYSAC, The RingUD
      Jun 3, 1961Gaspar OrtegaWelterweightNBA, NYSAC, The RingTKO

      Title Losses

      Emile Griffith lost four world-title defense fights, and lost a total of 12 titles in these fights.

      DateOpponentDivisionTitles LostMethod
      Mar 4, 1968Nino BenvenutiMiddleweightWBA, WBC, The RingUD
      Apr 17, 1967Nino BenvenutiMiddleweightWBA, WBC, The RingUD
      Mar 21, 1963Luis Manuel RodríguezWelterweightWBA, WBC, The RingUD
      Sep 30, 1961Benny ParetWelterweightNBA, NYSAC, The RingSD


      Griffith fought a total of 112 times during his professional career, which includes 23 world-title fights at three weight divisions. He was among the very best of his generation and put on some great performances in his fights. These seven fights are the highlight of his career.

      • April 1, 1961: Griffith wins his first world titles by defeating Benny Paret via 13th round KO. He is now the NBA, NYSAC, and The Ring welterweight world champion.

      • March 24, 1962: Griffith wins the NBA, NYSAC, and The Ring welterweight titles from Benny Paret, by beating Paret via 12th round TKO.

      • August 18, 1962: Emile Griffith beats Denny Moyer via 10th round split decision.

      • June 8, 1963: Griffith becomes the undisputed welterweight world champion by defeating Luis Manuel Rodríguez via 15 round split decision. He now holds the WBA, WBC, and The Ring welterweight world-champion belts.

      • April 25, 1966: Griffith becomes the undisputed middleweight world champion by defeating Dick Tiger via 15 round unanimous decision. He now holds the WBA, WBC, and The Ring middleweight world-champion belts.

      • September 29, 1967: Griffith becomes the undisputed middleweight world champion by defeating Nino Benvenuti via 15 round majority decision. He now holds the WBA, WBC, and The Ring middleweight world-champion belts.

      • July 15, 1970: Emile Griffith beats Dick Tiger via 10th round unanimous decision.


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