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April 19, 2005

Documentary Sheds New Light on Emile Griffith

Emile Griffith is in the news a lot lately. Here is a story from the Source about one very interesting St. Thomian:

     April 18, 2005 B Five-time world boxing champion Emile Griffith is 67 and long out of the fight business. Despite this, the aging champ has gotten more press in the last month than Mike Tyson.

     The Virgin Islands native son is subject of a documentary, "Ring of Fire: The Emile Griffith Story," which airs on the USA Network Wednesday at 9 p.m.

      Directed by Dan Klores and Ron Berger, the film was acclaimed at the 2005 Sundance Film Festival. The documentary details the 1962 fight in which Emile beat Benny "Kid" Paret into a coma before a live audience on national television. Paret died 10 days later.

Click here for the rest of that article.

There is also an excellent feature article about Griffithh on Sports Illustrated.com - "The Shadow Boxer"

Posted by afinta at April 19, 2005 11:37 AM


I was 14 yrs old when I saw Junior fight Moore.
Defending his middle weight title in the "old Garden"
He will always be my champ

Posted by: rowe at May 7, 2005 03:26 PM

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