1960s boxing champ, Emile Griffith, passed away recently. He was 75 years old.
According to ESPN.com, the Virgin Islands-born fighter passed at the Nassau Extended care facility in Hempstead, Long Island.
During his reign in the 1960s, Griffith held the welterweight and middleweight championships; and finished his career with 85 wins, 24 losses, and 23 wins by knockout. He was inducted into the International Boxing Hall of Fame in 1990.
In his 1962 welterweight title fight, Griffith knocked out Benny “Kid” Paret with vicious punches in the 12th round. Paret died 10 days later from brain injuries.
Another headline grabber thoughout his life was his sexual orientation. In 2005, Griffith admitted he was was bisexual.
According to Wikipedia, Griffith was viciously beaten and almost killed on a New York City street in 1992, after leaving a gay bar near the Port Authority Bus Terminal. He was in the hospital for four months after the assault. It was not clear if the violence was motivated by homophobia.
Author Ron Ross wrote a book, “Nine, Ten and Out! The Two Worlds of Emile Griffith” on Griffith, and knew the fighter since 1963.