1960-05-27 Benny Kid Paret w pts 15 Don Jordan, Convention Centre, Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - WORLD

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1960-05-27 Benny Kid Paret w pts 15 Don Jordan, Convention Centre, Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - WORLD. Referee: Charles Randolph. Scorecards: 72-66, 72-67, 71-68. Imitating a perpetual-motion attack, reminiscent to that used by Henry Armstrong, Paret (146½) went for the champion’s body prior to switching his attacks upstairs with a long left jab and right uppercuts. Jordan (144½) tried hard but lacked the power to perturb Paret and he faded after the sixth, seemingly unable to change his fight plan to deal with Paret’s aggression. Although Paret, whose left eye was damaged in the fifth, was warned frequently by the referee to keep his punches up it was not until the 14th that he had a point deducted, but the damage had already been done by then.

Having beaten Willie Toweel (w rsc 8 on 22 October at Madison Square Garden, Manhattan, NYC, New York), Emile Griffith guaranteed himself a title shot when eliminating The Ring magazine's top-rated Luis Rodriguez (w pts 10 at the same venue on 17 December) and went forward to meet Paret.